We are all about to embark on a new transitional journey.
Recently, the world has experienced a massive change to ‘normal’ daily living, and now, we are about to embark on a transitional journey towards a new ‘normal’. The Centre for Creative Leadership defines a “transition” as: the internal psychological process of adapting to a new situation. A transitional period often occurs after a change, as is the process of moving from the old to the new.
For many of us, this new transitional journey will be filled with ambiguity. As humans, we like to live in the comfort zone where there are many ‘knowns’, we hate to feel unprepared or uncertain. When the events of the past few months began to unfold, we knew that at some point there would be an end. We were able to acknowledge that there would be a light at the end of the tunnel, even if we weren’t able to see it yet. However, this road to a new normal has no definitive end. Whilst we have finally found the light at the end of the tunnel, the road stretches past our line of view and for many, it is a road paved with apprehension.
A “transition” is: the internal psychological process of adapting to a new situation
Yes, this transition into a new normality will feel uncomfortable and unsure at times, and you might feel like you’re walking on ice, unable to find your balance. Even though you might be stepping outside your comfort zone and into many unknowns, the one thing you will always have control over is your mindset – you have the power to alter the way in which you face this transition and the attitude you have moving forward.
So here are 3 tips to help you approach this transition with the best mindset possible:
1. Be realistic
This situation is uncertain so acknowledge that! But also know that it is temporary. Focus on what is in your control – energy is a finite resource, so put yours into the things you can change for the better rather than wasting it on things you have no power over.
2. Be understanding
There is no handbook on how to deal with a transitional period following a large-scale global change, so lean into the process and understand that this journey will look different for everyone. Have patience and respect for others and yourself (remember self-compassion goes a long way! and you’re better able to support others if you support yourself first). It’s okay to not feel okay, so seek help and support, and encourage others to do the same.
3. Be mentally flexible
Being mentally or emotionally flexible means being Agile, Resilient and Responsive. It’s about being able to comfortably shift your thoughts or perspective to be the most appropriate, productive and positive for the current circumstances. It’s about having inner strength to face any situation, but also the self-awareness of your limits and boundaries. And it’s about personal emotional awareness; being in tune with your current psychological state and acting accordingly.
I’ll end with a quote from one of my favourite motivational books, The Art of War
In the midst of chaos, there is always opportunity – Sun Tzu
Take that message with you as we all embark on this transitional period towards a new normal. Remember that whilst this journey may be uncertain and filled with apprehension, there are also abundant opportunities for positive changes to come.
Hannah is embarking on one of the most intense years of her life so far – completing an Honours in Psychology and she is also an intern at Mirus Australia
If you are struggling with your mental health, here are some useful Australian organisations to checkout:
Lifeline | 13 11 14
Beyondblue | 1300 22 4636