More and more people are looking to make a complete change in their career; some because they are fed up and feel the time is right for a change, while others are doing it through necessity after being made redundant.

The problem is that job transitions can be stressful—whether they’re due to layoff, a new job or working extra hours because others workers were laid off. If you’re facing one, consider the following:

  1. Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How did 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. Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want. Keep your eye on the prize.
  4. Find support. Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals. While at the same time try to Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change.
  5. Work on your thoughts. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness.
  6. Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is.
  7. Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don’t get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change.

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.

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