How to Stay Grounded During a Transition in Your Life
from our Angel Messenger Creative Team
Transitions take many different shapes and sizes. Some involve moving into a new house or switching careers. Others go a bit deeper and involve spiritual shifts that leave you feeling unstable and wobbly.
Whatever shape your transition takes, it’s probably challenging. Just surviving the transition makes you feel like you’re one step ahead of the game.
But you don’t have to merely survive a transition. You can experience peace of mind and balance when you stay grounded during a transition. Here’s how.
What Does It Mean to Stay Grounded?
When you’re grounded, your physical and energetic body is connected to both the Source and Mother Earth. In fact, another word for “grounded” could easily be “connected.” When you’re grounded, you’re connected, and vice versa.
6 Stages of Transitions
According to psychiatrist and author of Transitions: How Women Embrace Change and Celebrate, Abigail Brenner, M.D. writes, “There are six recognizable stages that accompany transition: loss, uncertainty, discomfort, insight, understanding, and integration.”
During the first three stages of transition (loss, uncertainty, and discomfort), what makes life difficult is not knowing where you’re going to end up, or how it’s going to look on the other side.
But as Brenner reminds, “Not knowing is part of the process.” So, don’t be tempted to just sit it out and wait for the transition to be over. There’s power in the transition! As Brenner writes, “The place of not knowing, where you don’t know where or how to belong…is also the place of your greatest potential.”
So, here are 9 ways to stay grounded in a transition and find your potential.
#1: Follow the Flow
Ask the Universe what it’s flowing to you right now. Not tomorrow, or the day after, etc. Just right now. Then, follow the flow, rather than resist it, knowing that everything is unfolding exactly as it should.
#2: This Isn’t Your First Transition
When you’re in the middle of a transition – the eye of the storm, if you will – it can feel frightening and destabilizing. But remember, this probably isn’t your first transition.
In fact, you’ve probably gone through several transitions in your life already. Did they last forever? No, they passed, just as all things do. So, just keep moving. This, too, shall pass.
#3: Stay Present
During a transition, your mind may focus on the future and worry, worry, worry – unless you keep your mind focused in the present moment. As Eckhart Tolle says, “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” So, whenever you feel yourself worrying, gently place your attention back into the present moment. That’s where your power (and potential!) lies.
#4: Avoid Multitasking
We’re pros at multitasking. We pride ourselves in doing everything for everyone all the time. But during a transition, try to scale back. It’s okay to say, “No” to certain commitments. Doing too much makes it harder to stay present. So, instead of hiding in busy-ness, focus on doing fewer projects well and mindfully.
#5: Choose Values to Live By
There is a great power when you live in alignment with your values. No matter how much you “succeed” or “fail”, your values are always there for you to fall back on. They ground you.
#6: Create Your Own Rituals
Rituals can be your constant lighthouse in a time of flux and change. Your ritual can be whatever you need it to be. Maybe it’s a 10-minute skincare routine every night. Maybe it includes 10 minutes of meditation every morning. Maybe it’s a 30-minute walk after lunch. Some like to check in with their inner voice by journaling and listening to their intuition. Whatever your ritual is, practice it regularly to find stability and grounding.
#7: Have a Daily Routine
We are creatures of habit, and daily habits keep us grounded. It’s true that “routine” doesn’t exactly sound exciting, but not having a routine and structure can actually place a lot of stress on your mental, physical and emotional body.
Research shows that routines can support better sleep, better mental health, and better-coping skills with emotional difficulties. Plus, routines can help prevent us from making a rash or impulsive decision – something you might be tempted to do in a time of change and uncertainty.
#8: Spend Time in Nature
Close your PC, turn off your cell phone notifications, and go outside. “Forest bathing”, or shinrin-yoku, is a Japanese concept that means “taking in the forest atmosphere.” Doesn’t that sound glorious?
Research shows forest bathing can help lower stress hormones, like cortisol. It can also lower your sympathetic nervous system activity (your fight-or-fight mode) and help you feel calmer and more relaxed.
Most importantly, forest bathing encourages you to support your body and find peace and balance again.
Like forest bathing, earthing is a powerful way to connect with the earth’s energy and stay grounded. The earth’s surface is brimming with negative ions, and when we come into contact with them, they help balance our bodies and calm the nervous system.
Earthing is easy. Try to come into direct contact with the earth by going barefoot, swimming, or by using an earthing mat.
A transition can be stormy, and you might have all you can do to stay afloat. But these 9 tips help you stay grounded and feel at peace while you move through them. And you never know – you might find your greatest potential right here in these moments of uncertainty and change.
Much Love & Angel Blessings,
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