Whether your career transition was planned or unplanned you will be facing some stressful times. What you do during this stressful time can either help or hurt you. Here are six ways to manage stress during a career transition.
1. Organize finances
If your career transition was sudden, say in a layoff situation, you may not have planned your finances accordingly. Take some time to see what your financial situation is. Figuring out how to pay your bills and still put food on your table while looking for another job may sound daunting, but if you sit down and work on your finances as soon as possible it will not be as stressful to you. You can cut down on unnecessary expenses. Another option is to go to your bank and ask to speak to someone who can guide you during this time. Going without some perks will be less stressful than not having enough money to pay your bills.
2. Talk to someone
Besides getting financial help from someone, find someone who has been through this and has found another career. Talk to them and heed their advice. Usually people who have been through a career transition have good ideas to offer. They will also tell you what not to do. Learn from their experience and guidance. Make sure to surround yourself with positive people during this time.
3. Practice meditation
Meditation is simple and free. There are plenty of apps out there to help with guided meditation as well as web pages. Meditation can help lower your heartbeat and keep you calm during particularly stressful periods. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes out of the day and practice mindful meditation to help you feel more in control of your life.
4. Update your resume
Take this time to look at your resume with a critical eye. Being proactive will help lower your stress rate. Even if you do not have anything to add to your resume, make sure it looks up to date. You can find an on line resume builder to help guide you in reorganizing your existing resume. You may also want to brush up on your interview skills to make sure you can cinch your next position.
5. Diet and exercise
When you are stressed you tend to eat food that is not good for you and hang out in a chair all day. These habits can actually create health problems that will cause more stress. Get up and go outside for a walk. You do not need to belong to a gym to get your exercise. Grow a garden and enjoy the fresh food you created. If you do not have space for a large garden, consider a container garden. Eating fresh food and exercising will help you keep your stress levels down and get you into shape for your new career.
6. Take classes
“Now is the time to take some classes or complete certificates that will help you get a better job than the one you had. There are many opportunities to add to your education both online and in classrooms. Most colleges have a community education center that offers classes focused on adults who are or were working,” suggests an expert from VelvetJobs.com. Online courses can be found with the click of your mouse. Use this time to build up yourself and your resume. You may also end up making new connections in the classes you take. Networking is very important now.
Being between careers can be a stressful time. Make sure you are doing proactive things to help you with your stress level. You will be able to enjoy your time off and look forward to your new career.