Life is full of changes – some planned, some unexpected. Whether you’re facing a career shift, moving to a new neighborhood, recovering from an injury, or experiencing any other major life change, it’s common to feel off balance. As someone who has navigated through numerous life changes, I want to share with you how to not only get through these transitions but also how to get back on track and feel like yourself again.
Embracing Change and Finding Your Footing
Change, whether big or small, can derail our routines and make us feel lost. It might be a new job, a shift in your family dynamics, or even a personal transformation. Whatever it is, the first step to getting back on track is recognizing and accepting this change. Understand that it’s okay to feel disoriented initially – it’s a natural part of the process.
Creating New Routines
One of the most effective ways to regain your sense of normalcy is to establish new routines. Routines bring a sense of order and can help reduce stress. Start by:
- Identifying what routines were disrupted by the change.
- Deciding which of these routines are still relevant and which need to be adapted or replaced.
- Establishing new routines that align with your current circumstances.
Anchoring New Habits
Habits form the backbone of our daily lives, and when our lives change, our habits often need to adjust too. For example, if you used to work out in the morning but now need to drop your kids off at school, find a new time slot for exercise. The key is to anchor your new habits to consistent parts of your day.
Adjusting Your Expectations
It’s important to be realistic about what you can achieve during periods of change. Your productivity or focus might not be the same, and that’s okay. Adjust your expectations and give yourself grace during this transition period.
Don’t hesitate to seek support during times of change. This could be from friends, family, or professionals like coaches or counselors. Having someone to talk to can provide a different perspective and help you find strategies to get back on track.
Taking Control of Your Schedule
A well-planned schedule can be a powerful tool in regaining control. Block out time for your priorities, including self-care, work, and family. Remember, a schedule is not about restricting your freedom; it’s about organizing your time to ensure you focus on what’s important.
Embracing the Power of Small Steps
Sometimes, the changes in our lives are so significant that our old goals and routines no longer make sense. In such cases, it’s crucial to start small. Focus on taking baby steps towards establishing new habits and routines. Celebrate small victories as they come.
Leveraging Tools and Resources
There are numerous tools available that can help you stay organized and focused. From digital apps to traditional planners, find what works best for you. These tools can be instrumental in keeping you on track and helping you manage your new routines effectively.
Staying Flexible and Adaptable
Flexibility is key during times of change. Be prepared to adjust your plans and strategies as you learn more about your new situation. Staying adaptable allows you to navigate through changes more effectively.
Embracing the Journey
Remember, getting back on track after a significant life change is a journey. It’s about finding your new normal and adapting to it. Be patient with yourself, and don’t rush the process. Embrace the journey, knowing that each step you take is bringing you closer to regaining your balance.
To explore more on this topic and hear about my personal experiences with major life changes, tune into episode #483 of The Chalene Show: Listen Here.
For a system that helps you stay organized and productive, check out the PUSH Journal. Remember, you’re not just getting back on track; you’re setting the track for your new journey. Stay strong, stay focused, and trust the process. 🌟💪📅