9 Ways to Navigate Loss, Change, and Transition
By Nicolette Stinson Nicolette StinsonLoss and change can come in different forms, but one thing remains the same: it’s never easy. Sometimes loss comes in major life events that are forced upon you like death, disease, betrayal or tragic loss. These can challenge you to change—to look at what you truly want and at what really matters to you.
Other times, change comes as a still, small voice that whispers to you every day that there is more for you, that you are leading the wrong life, that you are playing small. Regardless of how it comes, the choice to change is left up to you.
According to the American Institute of Stress, some of the top stressful life events include:
Death of a loved one
These periods bring up all of life’s most fearful thoughts. Fears about being deserving enough, accomplishing enough, fitting in or standing out, being alone, or asking for help. These are all the topics that are sure to come along with any large change, transition, or period of deep letting go.
If you have just made a big heart-driven change or find yourself in the midst of your own tragedy, here are nine ways to let go of fear and navigate change and transition.
1. Rest and Breathe
This technique sounds simple and, lucky for you, it is. During times of loss, transition, and great change, you must learn to slow down. Things that seemed easy at one point will start to take more effort and focus—and that is OK.
Ask the people around you to take some of the load from your daily tasks and help you adjust your schedule to get more rest. If you are having a hard time, people will probably tell you things like “This too shall pass” or “You can only connect the dots by looking back.” As much as you may think they don’t understand, they are right. Take time to breathe and honor yourself. The next thing will be waiting for you; you don’t need to run after it.
2. Make Uncertainty Your Friend
During transition, it is absolutely vital to surrender control and lean into uncertainty. That way, the more uncertain things seem to be, the more secure you can feel. This is often counterintuitive for people, but every great endeavor or creation has been sourced through uncertainty. When you embrace uncertainty, you embrace possibility, unravel past conditioning, and let go of events and circumstances that are no longer serving you. This is your pathway to freedom.
3. Acknowledge That Every End is Also a Beginning
If you are stuck in loss, in the fear of letting go, or in the overwhelming feeling of unwanted change, remind yourself that you may be at the end of something, but that you are also at the beginning. Something fresh and new is available and coming your way; find the gift in a new beginning presenting itself. Learn to embrace the cycle of creation (beginning) and destruction (ending) for it is the essence of life.
4. Be Present
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Source: Deepak Chopra