Typical life transitions understandably are disruptive, but it is during these times that practicing self-care is critical to how changes are likely to impact your life. Self-care is any activity that you engage in to take care of your personal needs and well-being. A few methods to practice self-care while in a life transition include:
- Maintain a routine. A routine gives us structure with something familiar to look forward to, return to and feel accomplishment.
- Utilize social support. Reach out to a trusted friend, family member or professional to talk through problems and solutions.
- Be physically activity. A daily exercise routine can have profound effects on mood and health.
Life changes are inevitable. It’s about how you face those changes that make the difference. Here are a few examples of typical transitions along with strategies to stay on track, without derailing your health:
Typical family transitions such as marriage, divorce, re-marriage, death of a family member, having a new child, or grown children leaving home can be anxiety provoking. Consider joining a support group, be good to yourself and your body by exercising and eating nourishing foods.
Job Roles. Job roles, job loss or even transition to retirement from a busy work schedule can turn our world upside down. An adaptive mindset is to view all changes, whether wanted or unwanted, as an unexpected part of the work experience.
Illnesses. A personal diagnosis or diagnosis in the family can come as a blow. Try to manage all the elements in your life that are in your control such as choosing to eat healthy meals, exercise, take medications as prescribed and spend time with people who are supportive.
Relocation. Moving or long commutes take so much time! Focus on the positives, like meeting new people, exploring a new area, or utilize extra time in the car for quiet reflection or enjoying a book on tape.
Social connection changes. We may choose to move on when attempting to quit an unhealthy habit that was practiced in social situations, such as smoking or drinking. Spend time doing things you enjoy and new social connections with people can develop.
Catastrophic Events. Natural disasters such as weather or a global pandemic bring a whole new set of health and safety concerns. Having a strategy like an emergency action plan can help to stay healthy, informed, connected and calm.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Victor Frankl