Transition and reducing stress is a part of our life. Whether it is a transition to a new job, a new home, a new baby or a new school year, there are things that we can do to make the transition less stressful.
- Plan – Put together a plan. A schedule for moving, a floor plan for a new nursery or a test drive to a new school or job, a plan can help to ease your anxiety about change. Make sure the entire family is involved in the plan. Transition affects the entire family. Each member can handle stress in different ways, so keep your eyes open.
- Make it Fun – Turn this change into a game or a contest. If you are planning a move, have a contest to see who has the most boxes in the truck, or who packs in the shortest amount of time. For a new job or the first day of school, have everyone pick out an outfit to wear for that first day. The contest will take everyone’s mind off of the transition event and allow time for some fun.
- Communicate – Keep the lines of communication open. It takes time to mentally process transition and its effects on us. Give regular updates to your family so that they are aware of the change. Not knowing or knowing with only a short notice can cause more stress than the transition itself.
- Relax – Take a few minutes for yourself. Whether it is to read a book, take a walk in the neighborhood, or just some alone time, time on your own can reduce stress. Take some deep breaths and allow yourself to relax.
Since we will all be experiencing transition throughout our lives, we need to be able to handle them with the less stress. These tips will put you on the right path to becoming a Transition Pro! Reduce the stress for your transition whatever it is.