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5 Ways to Prioritize Yourself During a Stressful Transition

Going through a stressful transition can be a difficult and overwhelming experience that can take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being. However, it's important to prioritize yourself during these times to maintain your mental and emotional health. By taking care of yourself, you can better cope with the changes and challenges that come with a season of transition. Here are 5 ways to prioritize yourself during a stressful transition.

Practice self-care

Make sure to take care of your physical and emotional needs. Eat nourishing foods, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and take time to relax and recharge. Engage in activities that make you feel good, such as reading, taking a bath, or listening to music. As simple as it sounds, even eating a meal mindfully is considered self-care. Take time to sit down and enjoy your meal mindfully, you will be surprised at the wonders it can do for your mental health!

Set boundaries

During a stressful transition, it's important to establish boundaries and prioritize your own needs. Learn to say no to things that don't serve you or add to your stress, and set clear limits on your time and energy. This can involve setting boundaries with people, work, or even technology. Time-block your schedule. Set clear times for what needs to be achieved in the day, and don’t leave room for any of the unnecessary “favors” for other people.

Prioritize your goals

Take time to assess your priorities and set realistic goals for yourself. Identify what matters most to you and focus your energy on achieving those goals. This can help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed. If there is something that comes across your mind that you want to do, write it down! Seeing your goals right in front of you daily can be extremely powerful, give it a try.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness can help you stay present and focused during a stressful transition. This can involve meditation, deep breathing, or simply being aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress and increase your overall well-being. Reciting powerful mantras is another strong way to get yourself in the right mindset. Reciting positive phrases can help you to boost your own self-esteem and also be a large source of personal motivation. Below is a list of a few positive mantras to consider saying to yourself daily:

  • “I deserve joy”

  • “I am worthy of all the things that bring me happiness”

  • “I am important”

  • “I can make time to nourish my mind, body and spirit”

Seek support

Don't be afraid to ask for help from family, friends, or a therapist. A supportive network can provide emotional support and practical help, such as running errands or watching your children. It's also important to seek professional help if you feel overwhelmed or your stress levels are impacting your daily life. If you find yourself struggling while going through a stressful transition in life, One of our therapists will be ready to help you. If you are looking for additional support, give us a call or text to learn more (203-903-8042).

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