The nature of existence is change. Yet sometimes that change comes as a massive wave, like a tsunami of transition, when life gives itself an extreme makeover.
I live right by the Pacific Ocean, and though I love being in the water, I used to be afraid to get on very wavy days. They tend to hit really hard here, and I didn’t know what to do with my body to avoid being pummeled.
Then I took a surf lesson and my instructor enlightened me on how to get through the rough part where the waves break. Rather than resisting the waves, or standing still against them in hoping they wouldn’t knock me over, the key was to dive right into them fearlessly. When I did that, what was scary became exciting and fun!
Can the scary waves of transition in life be the same? I think so. Though you might not get through it as quickly as an ocean wave, when you dive right in rather than resisting, amazing things can happen. Though you might feel scared sometimes, and pummeled by all that’s coming your way, if you embrace the change it can be so exciting, and you can come out on the other side feeling refreshed and re-energized.
Here are some guidelines on getting through times of major life transition with grace and joy.
1) Ride the waves by sharing your process.
Times of transition usually mean extreme highs (excitement, inspiration) and lows (fear, anxiety, resistance to change). In order to avoid being swallowed by the lows, be an observer of your fears. When you feel yourself getting stuck or down, reach out for support. Call a trusted friend or confide in a support group about your feelings of fear. Positive people will applaud you for your honesty and boost your confidence, emboldening you to keep moving forward. If you don’t have someone like that in your life, reach out to me! I’m here to help.
2) Avoid overwhelm by recording your thoughts, ideas, insights, and action plans.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when transitioning, so I find it helpful to keep recording all the thoughts and ideas that come my way. This helps me get out of overwhelm and be more action oriented.
I carry a journal with me everywhere so I can jot things down on the fly (still love paper and pen). My favorite online tool for keeping my thoughts organized and creating action plans is Workflowy. You can make as many lists and outlines as your heart desires, so you never lose track of your ideas, and you can check things off as you complete tasks. Heaven for organization freaks like me!
3) Support your body.
Anything that’s taxing on your emotions or your brain also has physical repercussions. You may feel extra tension in your neck and shoulders, have an upset stomach, or feelings of anxiety that make quality sleep difficult. Though it’s easy in times of stress to neglect your health, this is when self-care is of utmost importance! Move your body, eat well, and get lots of rest.
For natural solutions on how to relieve your body of tension and stress during times of transition, make sure you’re signed up to receive the Essentially Natural Life. Next week’s article outlines several ways you can support your system and keep your energy balanced. Sign-up HERE.
Take action now:
1) In the comments below, share any fears or roadblocks you’re experiencing during your time of change or transition. Saying it out loud is an important first step to releasing it.
2) Share this article with anyone you know could use some support through a challenging time of change
I believe in you!