The Solution: The Thriver’s Tool Kit

  • Take one day at a time. Pondering future unknowns can be overwhelming. Try to focus only on the next thing to be done. And keep any long-term planning to a minimum.

  • Take care of yourself. Rest, exercise and eat well. Self-care is more important now than ever. In the midst of change, hang on to routines and rituals that give you a sense of comfort and security. If you feel healthy and safe, change will come more easily.
  • Accept yourself and the situation. Don’t squander even an ounce of energy fighting yourself or your situation. Accepting the way things are puts you in the best position to deal with change, and even capitalize on it.
  • Allow your feelings. During a transition you can expect to feel some discomfort, such as anxiety, insecurity and frustration. These feelings are normal and temporary. Letting the feelings be there will help you move through the change process more quickly.
  • Give yourself time. Rome wasn’t built in a day! Rushing through the change process may keep you from completing it effectively. Additionally, moving too fast may cause you to miss some very important insights along the way.
  • Get your support system up and running. This is not the time to isolate from friends and family. Don’t be shy about letting loved ones know how they can be most helpful. Warning: Steer clear of toxic people!
  • Have faith. Turning to a higher power can be helpful during times of change. And don’t forget the many times you have survived change in the past. Make a list of these times as a reminder.

If your transition is a particularly difficult one, you might consider hiring a Life Coach, or asking a wise friend to act as a sounding board. Whatever the circumstance, you’ll be amazed at your newfound ability to thrive in times of change.