Changing careers is exciting, it takes guts and bravery, it is the conscious choice to leap into the unknown. But, it’s also scary, overwhelming and at times a lonely path.
So, when things feel like they’re getting out of control, when you start to feel the fear and to doubt your choice of the new over the old and comfortable.
These are the top 5 things you can do to inspire and support yourself.
1. Breathe – connecting with your breath and doing simple and short exercises to breathe deeply, counting gently to ten is a proven way to calm and nurture yourself. Best thing about it, you can do it anywhere at any time. There’s lots of guided apps out there to help you like Headspace if you want to have the comfort of being guided through the exercises.
2. Remember why you started – making a change is many things, but easy isn’t one of them. Keep reminding yourself of why you started in the first place. Share that vision of your future on a post-it, in your journal on your laptop’s notes. Anywhere you’ll see it and be reminded. It’ll help anchor you in your hope for the future.
3. Take time out to be by yourself – Giving yourself time to reflect, rest and reengage is essential with any big change. Allowing yourself the space to think objectively about things is a crucial part of change. Build it into your weekly schedule, an hour, a morning a day, whatever works. Just use the time to step back and think calmly.
4. Surround yourself with positive influences – Family, friends, pets anyone and anything that is always in your corner and who will help lift you up on the days when things feel hard or overwhelming. We all need a network of people who’ll help us get up when things feel on top of us.
5. Take time off – This may sound counter-intuitive but it’s essential you give yourself a break – literally. Whether it’s an afternoon pamper or a week’s holiday. Switch off, unwind. Turn the volume down on the world and let your brain rest. Change is turbulent and challenging giving yourself a proper break will help you cope. Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint.
It’s so easy to get carried away when you instigate a big career change. It’s exciting and all consuming and there’s a tiny nugget of fear that propels you to keep going. But taking time out to rest, recharge and quietly consider everything you’d already done and the positive changes still to come is a major part of handling change positively over a longer term. Embrace it and keep going. You’ve got this.