Experiencing change is inevitable in any context – from the transition from one season to another, or from the shift of leadership in our office work. Suddenly, familiar faces become a thing of the past and the emotional ties we once held to what surrounds us are driven to let go of what it once was. Although change can be scary at times, it's an opportunity for grow through what you spend and leave the other side a little bit stronger than before. Our lives are most affected during the seasons of change and transition.
When I was at the height of the undergraduate university, I lived all my life at this awaited moment … the moment I would confidently walk through the stage on graduation day to receive the 8 to 11 card that would have validated my professional realization. Looking back, nothing could have prepared me for the transition that would have taken place after graduation when reality hit: the piles of infinite accounts and the uncertainty of what is The next. If your best friend is moving away or you find yourself torn between job changes, here are some of the best practices to help you cope:
Yes, I know, it's totally easier said than done (especially if you're like me and fall into a type A personality). But flexibility is the key to overcoming change with a teachable mentality. Since we are willing to be taught, we are willing to face the changes and we are also giving the new environments a chance. Despite the perception that change can be one bad thing, can actually bring many good opportunities in our way. A change of scenery or a change of community can be the catalyst that pushes us closer to our dreams. Just like every new glass of wine, be ready to try. Or better yet, hope for the best as you enter this experience wholeheartedly. Life is really what we do, so we must be willing to push some of our plans to enjoy what is knocking on our door.
Consistency of the treasure
Whether it's your ride or dying friendships, your local gym or your daily makeup routine with your favorite Kylie Lip kit, continue to surround yourself with things that make you feel normal and at home. It was a season of my life where leaders were changing roles in the office, and it affected everything from team dynamics to the weight of our workload. The best reaction that helped me get back on my feet was to completely immerse myself in my creative work and rely on things like my Basecamp project manager or my Google calendar to guide me through meeting the proper deadlines. Although change tends to shake us, consistency increases our ability to adapt to any situation, allowing us to move on without being so stuck on what before it was.
Re-establish your personal goals.
This is a huge reminder to ourselves that there is a bigger picture in life, and even if we are faced with changes, we are motivated to stay in line with our dreams. We often create beautiful tables of atmosphere and choose a word of the year that reflects what we want to extinguish from life in the new year, but change can make us fix the differences rather than keeping our minds on our goals. Maybe you find yourself having a bad break or you have officially announced that you are moving across the country to find yourself in a new job opportunity. In any case, repeat to yourself what you want to get out of this next season of life! When a chapter closes, a new one begins, and only we can decide how we will react to a different environment or a different lifestyle. Setting goals is the perfect way to get out of complacency and start (in the words of Ariana Grande) collecting it, collecting it.
Make you a number one priority.
Nobody can look at you as you can, girl. If the change makes you feel somehow, invest the right amount of time in yourself! Wear your favorite pair of Adidas and walk the hiking trail weekly with a friend to get you bitter, frustrated or sad. When I am struck by unexpected news, jogging on the lake has helped me to free my nerves and rejuvenate my body with positive energy, so when I come home, I can detach myself from my disappointment and recover from the shock of change. Also, stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables, and water to make sure you're eating the right kind of snacks during your downtime. Make an effort to go to sleep a while first to make sure you get all the rest you need to kick the next day! A balanced diet and a self-love routine can help build the body with stability and resistance during the stress or transition seasons. While diamonds are beautiful, vitamins are really a girl's best friends. Estimate extra time and get extra investment!
Disconnect from negativity.
Although we are all on the Gram and Twitter feeds, they sometimes add unnecessary stress to our mental health. Taking a break during a transition period can help reduce the pressure to be constantly aware of other people's life events and help us focus on how we can deal with what we are facing personally. The change of mental processing is not always a nocturnal process. It requires self-reflection and time, both of which we deserve. Stay away from things that produce unhealthy stress and instead prefer to slow down a little. Some social media platforms, like Facebook, actually have a "disable" option where you can remove your account without actually deleting it; in this way, you do not have to lose any friend or professional connection. Once you are ready to return from your social media break, simply log in again with the same username and password as before to reactivate your account.
Instead of fearing the unknown, embrace it.
Many times, when we are faced with what is different, we get scared because we do not feel ready to conquer the world or because we fear losing something very special for us. Change can bring many questions, but do not let yourself be overwhelmed by questions. It is quite normal not to have understood all the answers. Let go of the fear and replace it with anticipation for what will come. Because we accept change with the right mindset, change can really push us out of our comfort zone to become stronger as creative, as professionals and as women. It's never easy, but it's an opportunity to grow and develop a deeper understanding of the people around us.
Leverage on change. Do not let it break down. On the other side of the change there is a new opportunity to grow and become a better person. You understood!
What are some positive ways you've dealt with change?