Let’s face it, change is one of the only constants in life. A change may be positive, such as a marriage or the birth of a child, but change may also be negative, like the death of a loved one or job loss. As I am writing this article, we are amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the “new norm” seems to be changing every day. We are all experiencing changes and transitions on some level both personally and professionally.
So, how do we move through this time with grace? How do we help our employees navigate the unknowns of any transition gracefully?
Practice Acceptance: By accepting that change is a normal part of life, it is easier to navigate the unexpected and determine the steps we need to take in order to move forward.
Use Stress to Your Advantage: Stress may be both positive and negative, but either way, view stress as a growth opportunity.
Remain Positive: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Take a moment to pause and be grateful for where you’re at in your life or transition. You have worked hard to get where you are, and that accomplishment deserves to be celebrated! If you are navigating something unplanned, remember that you’ve successfully managed change in the past and you will be successful again now and into the future.
Stay Flexible: Try to remain as flexible and open-minded as possible to learn new things or approach a situation differently.
Give Yourself Time for Self-Care: When going through a transition, it is important to set aside time every day to relax and recharge. Connecting with nature, physical movement, journaling, reading, listening to music and watching your favorite movie are all great ways to practice self-care.
Call Upon Your Support System: Connecting with friends, family or colleagues who have gone through or are currently going through a similar experience can give you an emotional boost and provide you with some practical tips, too.
Get a Mentor: A coach or mentor is a great way to widen your support network and provide you with unbiased feedback.
Prepare: If possible, prepare mentally for your next challenge by brushing up on your skills and researching as much as possible. Reading books, attending online education courses, listening to podcasts or simply connecting with your support system will help you feel more prepared to take on your new challenge. The more prepared you are for your transition, the easier it will be.
Be Compassionate: When you are going through a transition, it is a time of high stress, and you may not always react the same way you would if life were normal. Have empathy for yourself and others during as you adapt.
Exercise Self-Awareness and Reflection: Recognize your strengths and weaknesses and understand how you can use them to your advantage and be a help to those around you. Be aware of triggers that cause negative feelings or stress and take note of your reaction. This can help you react in a better way next time and be the best version of yourself.