Job transitions can be stressful—whether they’re due to layoff, a decision you have made to find a better fit or working extra hours because others workers were laid off. If you’re facing one, consider the following.

  1. Take an assessment of yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills, and passions? How do those influence—positively or negatively—your transition?
  2. Step up your self-care. Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever.
  3. Engage your curiosity. What went wrong, or right? What could be done better in the future? What worked really well that you can continue to do?
  4. Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want. Keep your eye on the prize.
  5. Find support. Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals.
  6. Be aware of your thoughts. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness with positive thoughts and affirmations.
  7. Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change.
  8. Create your own rite of passage. Ceremony and ritual help with all transitions.
  9. Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is.
  10. Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don’t get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change.

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