Tears, tiredness, uneasiness and preoccupation are all by-products of transition. There are many different by-products of a transition but these are a few that I myself have experienced through my month of transition. Transition is defined as the process of a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
During this past month, I’ve moved from a town to a city, I’ve moved teams within my job and I’ve finally moved into a flat that I am happy to call home. This means that during this time period I have made transitions in location, work and habitat.
Whilst, largely, this has been a very positive experience for me as all of these transitions were and are for the better. The side effects that I mentioned before were present and as I look back and reflect on my experiences I realise how important it is to take care of yourself. I believe that there are four staples that need to feature in your day in order to make the transition a bit easier.
It’s no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there’s so much information as to why this is. Breakfast is actually my favourite meal of the day but I don’t always have time to eat it and I realised even more so during my period of transition.
Breakfast literally says “break fast” we sleep for a large amount of time at night, during this time we’re basically fasting. No food, no drink. Because of this if we start the day without it we have no energy, no concentration and no nutrients. It takes calories to even think. It doesn’t matter if you can function well without it, you’d function even better if you had it.
If you can’t eat so early in the day try preparing something “to go” so that you can eat later on in the day and not attempt to survive until lunch time.
This is another one that’s self-explanatory but it’s very important to get a good night’s sleep. When you’re tired it can become much more difficult to regulate rational thought and emotion when you’re energy levels are depleted. It also makes things very difficult in terms of concentration, performance and general functioning.
It’s not always easy to get a good night’s and as someone who struggles to sleep sometimes here are a few things that I find helpful:
- Don’t do any form of work in your bed
- Have a shower
- Go to the toilet before you go to bed
- Stay hydrated and keep a bottle of water by your bed
- Try to avoid using technology at least half an hour before your ready to sleep
- Practise mindfulness meditating during that half an hour of no technology (it’s helpful if you actually do it in bed)
- Me Time (Quiet Time)
Another self-care technique to practice during a time of transition is to set aside some time for yourself. Ideally, this should be done every day but I know how life is and trust me I know that it’s not always possible, however, once a week is not enough. Try and find a happy medium between the two and take some time out during your week to:
- Do something you love
- Educate yourself on something you don’t know about
- Reflect on what’s going on in your life and how it’s making you feel
- Talk To Someone
It’s no secret that I’m a firm believer of good conversation although sometimes I still struggle to open my mouth…
Nevertheless, when going through a transition it’s important to air your feelings to a trusted confidant to allow yourself to vocalise your thoughts and feelings around your situation.
Imagine going through a significant change or transitioning whilst you’re constantly tired and hungry, internalising all your worries fears and hopes around the situation whilst never being able to focus on yourself… Doesn’t sound that great? So the next time you’re going through a transition, in fact throughout your life, try applying some of these things that I’ve learned.
I know I will be.