You never know when the winds of change are going to find you. Sometimes it’s simply that you feel ready for something different and other times change chooses you. Even exciting change can be a little difficult to navigate on your own, like a job promotion or baby on the way. Having someone by your side can be pivotal in making the transition as seamless as possible. You don’t have to go it alone, so why not take some of the weight off of your shoulders? If you’re feeling like you need guidance during a time of change, try a few of these methods and discover what works best for you.
A shoulder to lean on, a couch to sit on.
If you’re experiencing choppy or unknown waters, finding a therapist to talk to might be exactly what you need to clear the way. One of the biggest changes you can make is in your career. According to a survey done by Right Management, over sixty percent of people are dissatisfied with their work. If you’re feeling unfulfilled, but also stuck, try seeking career counseling.
Career counseling can give you increased clarity about your goals and needs. Your counselor will also be able to give you specific feedback about your personality and temperament that can help you land the next job interview or pivot you into a career field that’s better suited for your interests. If you’re actively interviewing for positions or even just trying to improve the environment at your current job, a counselor will be able to give you targeted strategies that you can take out of their office and into your workplace to handle frustrating events. Getting a little guidance might give you a whole new perspective, setting you on the right course.
Finding the right words to bring you comfort.
Some people find great solace in their religion, especially in transitional periods. The lessons that the Bible has to teach could bring you great comfort, depending on your spiritual preferences. Even if you haven’t been to church in a while, turning to something familiar—when everything seems unfamiliar—can do wonders in making you feel stable.
Maybe you’ve packed your scripture away in a difficult place to reach or perhaps you want a Bible that you can really work in; highlighting a meaningful passage and sticky noting their locations. If you need a new book, search for Bibles on sale. Once you get it in the mail, find a verse that feels personal to you and pertains to your uncertainty. When you’re feeling anxious or lost, repeat it to yourself three times, and you might find it’s put your mind more at ease.
Honesty is the best policy.
If you’ve been trying to hide your feelings about the change happening around you or inside of you, it might be best to find at least one person in your personal life to talk to about it. Holding onto the fear of uncertainty can blow the situation out of proportion. If it’s changing that involves someone else—like you and your spouse are moving across the country—talking to the person you’re making the change with can make you feel significantly less alone. The likelihood is, that they’re in the same place as you. Honesty can open up a dialogue and could be the difference between a smooth and bumpy ride.
Be in your body.
When people are going through change, their head is usually thinking ahead to when they’ll finally feel settled or remembering the past when things weren’t so difficult. Participating in physical activity, like yoga, can bring you back into your body, into the present, and allow you to solve your challenges one moment at a time. You’re likely to feel much better after you’ve brought your mind and body into the same space at the same time.