We all love the transition from Winter to Spring with new flowers, spring cleaning and more time spent outside. However, major life transitions can be difficult. As professional organizers we often work with people who are going through major life transitions (moving, marriage/divorce, births, deaths, career change, retirement) These are 4 things you can do to make your transition smoother.
- Acknowledge that this is BIG – Major life transition events will have a significant impact on your time, schedule, energy, resources and mental focus. Often people try to go into the transition thinking they can do everything they do normally and just add the transition into their lives. But we all live very full lives that will need to have some adjustments made to it to be able to accommodate the extra time that your transition will require. Acknowledging this fact early on will help you to set better expectations for yourself. Evaluate what changes to your everyday routines you will need to implement to help you deal with the demands of the transition.
- Communicate to your loved ones/coworkers – One of the worst things you can do during your transition is try to go it alone. This is the time to rally your posse of supporters and let them help you! Then down the line you can return the favor.
- Get help early – If you start to feel overwhelmed by your transition reach out for help from friends, family members or professionals. It is common for us as professional organizers to be called to help 1-3 years after the transition has taken place when people have not been able to overcome the disruption that the transition had on their lives and they suffered during that time. Getting help earlier in the transition process would have benefited them immensely.
- Self Care – More than likely this will be a very busy time for you. When most of us get busy or have additional stress we put taking care of ourselves on the back burner. Resist the urge to do this by pre-planning self care. Schedule that fitness class, massage or meditation time into regular events on your calendar.
Putting these 4 strategies in action will help you spring into your next chapter. Happy Spring!