Life is a series of constant changes. These transitions are what ultimately shape and create our world. Each new chapter of life offers necessary learning experiences and a wide array of emotions we must go through in order to evolve. Each change may hold ups and downs; happiness and discomfort – all part of our personal growth. Times of transition may be difficult, but when we embrace these inevitable changes rather than dread or fight them, we allow ourselves to be more present and live in the moment.
Change is inevitable, and inevitably stressful. But if you make a conscious effort to adjust and go with the flow, it doesn’t have to lead to a breakdown.
1. accept change
Growth doesn’t come from a place of stagnation. It comes from the ever-changing events and phases of life. Step outside your comfort zone and allow the shift to take place. Replace your fear with trust and gratitude, and embrace the change!
2. minimize stress
Good or bad, transition means extensive adjustment and loads of uncertainty. Even the most levelheaded and mindful people can get caught up in the anxiety of change. But the beauty of transition is that it’s just that — a transition. It doesn’t last forever. So try to remain calm and patient, knowing that “this too shall pass”.
3. focus on progress, not perfection
Shifting your focus from perfection to progress allows you to acknowledge your accomplishments rather than the absence of your idea of perfection. It will also help you stay in the moment, instead of worrying about the future.
4. stop comparing
When we compare our present to past events, to how our lives used to be, we tend to ignore and forget all of the incredible things we do have now. Stop reminiscing and take a moment to be thankful for the blessings in your life — here and now.
5. let go of what no longer serves you
Times of transition offer a chance for a clean slate and a new start. Fill your life with more of what makes you happy and let go of the things that no longer serve you. Form new habits and leave no room for toxic people, thoughts, and practices that hold you back.
6. keep an open heart and mind
Opening your heart and mind to new people, places, and experiences is a key component to embracing transition. Maintaining an open mind and an open heart will, in turn, open new doors and present new opportunities. Trust that everything is as it should be.
7. be grateful and compassionate
Consider the many things you hold dear and for which you are grateful. Pay attention to your senses — everything you feel, see, hear, smell, and taste — and see how many things you can find compassion and gratitude for. This is a wonderful way to shift your mood and your focus; to be in the moment; and to handle whatever transition you are going through.
8. relax your mind and body
Rest is vital to keeping your mind and body at top function through the turmoil of transition. Take relaxation breaks; meditate; go for a walk in nature; do yoga; and get plenty of sleep. Conscious relaxation will help you become more effective, and it will also help you protect yourself from burning out.
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION:
5 Simple Ways To Stay Grounded In Gratitude In Times Of Transition by Alexandra Leigh (http://elitedaily.com/life/5-simple-ways-stay-grounded-gratitude-times-transition/798923/)