Top 10 Ways to Cope with Job Transition
Job transitions can be stressful—whether they’re due to layoff, a new job or working extra hours because others workers were laid off. If you’re facing one, consider the following.
- Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How did those influence—positively or negatively—your transition?
- Step up your self-care. Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever.
- Engage your curiosity. What went wrong, or right? What could you have done better? What worked really well?
- Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want. Keep your eye on the prize.
- Find support. Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals.
- Work on your thoughts. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness.
- Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change.
- Create your own rite of passage. Ceremony and ritual help with all transitions.
- Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is.
- Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don’t get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change.