For many of us, this Fall will be a time of huge transitions. Some of us are starting the process of learning new programs, new schools, new jobs, new relationships, even new cities or states. During these times of great change, it can be easy to feel ungrounded and lose sight of what makes us feel healthy and whole. Below are some tricks to help you cope with the stress of a transition and keep you feeling like your best self:
- Set Aside Time to Breathe: When we go through big changes, it’s natural to feel frantic as we try to adapt to the unfamiliar. Setting aside time, atleast 5 minutes in the morning and throughout the day, to focus on your breath, will elevate your mood and sense of calm.
- Prepare The Night Before: We can avoid so much stress by even a few minutes spent preparing. Set aside time every evening to look over your schedule, plot out where you’re going and how long it will take you to get there, and what you’ll need. Set out everything you need to take with you and the clothes you’ll wear to avoid any stress in the morning!
- Cultivate A Calm Space: Even if you just moved and your room is a MESS or you’re just too busy to tidy your space, find one space that you can keep clean and free of chaos. Maybe it’s just making your bed, or tidying up one corner – having one clutter-free place will help you feel more at ease as you get the rest of your space in order.
- Schedule Time With Loved Ones: Whether they are nearby or miles away, schedule at least one catch-up a week (even if it’s only a quick phone call) with friends or family. Nurturing your support network is key when other aspects of life feel unstable.
- Eat, Drink and Sleep: Obviously, right?? Unfortunately when we are stressed, sometimes the most important things are the first to go. Set reminders on your phone throughout the day if you need to so that you are staying hydrated and nourished and set an alarm at night to remind yourself to start winding down.
Lastly, remember to be gentle with yourself. Great transitions often lead to even greater growth, but they are challenging on all levels. Give yourself grace, let yourself feel the negative emotions when they arise, and ask for help when you need it. You are incredible – You’ve got this!
Written by GUADS staff member Kate