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  • Writer's pictureLaura Hemmerling

Embracing Change: Finding Support in the Journey

There’s a reason many people stay where they are—in unsatisfying jobs or relationships that no longer feel aligned. Change is hard. It can bring everything up to the surface. It can be exhausting to completely redefine and recreate ourselves and our lives. And yet, it can be much more challenging to stay the same. For when we stay somewhere that we no longer want to be, it’s usually out of fear, which can be so depleting.


Making a change, even when it’s for the better, can feel overwhelming. But there are ways to support yourself through this transition.


Ways to Support Yourself in Making a Change


Start Small

Taking little steps rather than big leaps can make the process feel more manageable. Break down your goals into smaller, actionable tasks. This not only makes progress feel more achievable but also helps to build momentum over time.


Ask for Support

Reaching out to others who have gone through similar experiences can provide valuable insights and encouragement. Whether it’s friends, family, or a support group, having someone to share your journey with can make a significant difference.


Prioritize Rest

Change is tiring, both mentally and physically. Make sure to get plenty of rest and take naps when needed. Your body and mind need time to recharge and process the changes happening.


Practice Self-Love and Compassion

Instead of judging and criticizing yourself, practice self-love and compassion. Acknowledge the courage it takes to make a change and be gentle with yourself throughout the process.

I’m currently at the beach as I write this, soaking up some sunshine and vitamin sea. This transition has been tiring, especially as it has coincided with spring allergies that don't seem to be ending. I am honoring my body’s need for rest and taking things one step at a time.


Where can you give yourself a little support as you navigate your day today? Perhaps in allowing yourself a moment of stillness, or in reaching out to someone who understands what you’re going through. Remember, it’s okay to take it slow and give yourself the care you need.


Embodiment

Stay connected with your body. Pay attention to how you feel physically and take care of your needs. Whether it’s through movement, relaxation, or nourishing yourself with good food, embodiment is key to navigating change.


Emotional Understanding

Allow yourself to feel your emotions without judgment. Understand that it’s normal to experience a range of feelings during times of change. Give yourself permission to express and process these emotions.


Nervous System Regulation

Find practices that help regulate your nervous system. This might include deep breathing exercises, meditation, or gentle yoga. These practices can help calm your mind and body, making it easier to cope with stress and uncertainty.


Embrace the journey of change with kindness and patience for yourself. Each small step you take is a testament to your strength and resilience.






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