March 30, 2022

Life transitions are stressful for anyone, and throughout the pandemic we have been forced to adapt our home, professional and personal lives, which has led to bouts of uncertainty and stress.

While change can be a positive, normal part of life, we as individuals process these emotions and stressors differently, and it can take a huge toll on our mental well-being whether we feel affected or not.

It seems that as soon as we had our pandemic lives figured out, it’s time to change again. While thankful to return to some normalcy, we are having to alter our mindset and behaviors that we had just adapted over the past couple years – bringing on a whole new set of stressors.

So, as we move forward and wade through the new era we have entered, practice these tips to support your mental health and well-being:

  • Appreciate the benefits of change. When you start to feel the stress of change, make a list of what you are gaining. Change can cause good stress that pushes us to learn and grow, as well as present us with new opportunities. Make yourself aware of the good that can come.
  • Realize change is inherent to life. Remember that change is going to happen whether we are ready or not. Try reframing your mindset to focus on what you can control. It could be as simple as choosing what meals you will consume, what commitments you keep or where you shift your focus. Feeling a sense of ownership can help ride out the uncertainty of the other changes to come.
  • Expect to feel uncomfortable. When you stray from normalcy, it is going to feel uncomfortable. Prepare yourself for this feeling and know that the feeling will pass. Practice acknowledging your feelings, both positive and negative, and allow yourself to sit in those emotions. During this time, you might want to journal how you are feeling to express yourself in times of transition or change.
  • Practice self-care. Add self-care routines into your schedule. Taking 15 uninterrupted minutes to enjoy your coffee, a podcast episode or journal how you are feeling can allow you time to be with yourself and allow your brain and body to connect.
  • Ground yourself with routine. During times of transition try to keep up as much of your normal routine as possible. If you tend to read before bed, chat on the phone with a loved one or wake up early for a morning walk with your dog, be sure to still incorporate those habits to feel your best sense of self.

For more information about self-care and building resiliency for yourself and your employees, download our Battle the Burnout Toolkit which provides self-care tips and turnkey action plans. In order to be present and caring towards others, we encourage you to start with yourself.

 

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