This week, we're thinking about transitions, particularly when it comes to dealing with change in the workplace.
We spend a lot of time at work - and shifts in our work-life often spill into how we experience our day to day (maybe more than we think). But evolution is both natural and inevitable. Just ask the experts - it's estimated that the average person changes careers anywhere from three to seven times in their lifetime. That's a lot of change.
But we don't just have to ride the waves of change - we can often prepare for it mentally.
How to deal with change at work through meditation and mindfulness: Recognize that change is inevitable.
When we can learn to acknowledge and live with change, we are able to better manage our expectations and thus our stress during times of transition. To help orient your mind with the idea of change, consider adopting one of these mantras for job change:
- I work hard for my job and career, I am grateful for what my job brings me.
- I bravely embrace this change
- I am gentle with myself in this transition
How to deal with change at work through meditation and mindfulness: Adopt a meditation practice that's specific to managing your emotions, managing stress, or even increasing your sense of focus.
Not only does meditation have proven benefits for concentration and stress reduction but in times of transition, it can help ease the toll of the change. It's linked to increased patience, creativity, and tolerance. Meditation increases our focus on the present moment and allows us to ground ourselves when the change around us can be overwhelming.
When you're dealing with change at work, there's a lot of unknowns. By creating a habit of meditating during this period of transition, your brain ritualizes the experience – one of increased calm and positive emotions – and that experience becomes more regular in your life. It can make the change feel more manageable, and maybe even get you excited!