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  • Writer's pictureMichele Andorfer

Self-Care and Wellness During Life Transitions: 9 Ways to Prioritize Your Health

Think about the last time you had a big event or commitment. You probably didn’t sleep much the night before, right? That’s because, during times of stress, we tend to let our self-care go.

The same is true for times of transition - like a career change, a big move, an empty nest, a wedding, a divorce, or a big loss. We get so wrapped up in our transition that we forget to put ourselves first.

The problem is that these transitional times are the most important times to prioritize self-care. Taking care of yourself will keep your body and mind healthy so that you can make the right decisions for your future.

9 Ways to Put Yourself First

Adding self-care to the schedule is easier said than done, especially when it already feels like you can’t find the time to achieve your goals. The next time you have a big adjustment to make, pull up this list.

Be Honest About Your Schedule

Take a look at your schedule and decide which things absolutely have to be done. Once you’ve penciled those tasks in, look for open spaces to schedule a pilates class, some time to read, a massage, or a nap.

Combine Self-Care with Other Tasks

Combining your self-care makes you more likely to follow through on getting it done. For example, if you have a long commute, use the time to listen to a meditation or self-help podcast.

Listen to Your Body

Some days, you simply won’t have enough energy in your tank. On those days, allow yourself to practice a form of self-care that doesn’t take as much time or energy. For example, instead of a HIIT aerobic class, take a vinyasa yoga class.

Touch Grass

No, really! Taking your shoes off and walking around in the grass or on the sand will help your body feel grounded and less stressed.

Hit the Road

Sometimes, a change of scenery is all you need! Jump into the car or buy a bus pass for a quick trip into a neighboring town. Bonus points if there are trails or a beach to explore.

Go for a Walk

If a quick trip out of town isn’t in the cards, a simple walk around the block can also do the trick. Not only is it good to get your body moving, but the fresh air will also do wonders for shifting your mindset.

Drink a Lot of Water

Feeling angry? Drink some water. Feeling tired? Drink some water. Feeling stressed? Drink some water. Do you see where I’m going with this? Keeping yourself properly hydrated will help keep your body and nervous system healthy and regulated.

Lean on a Friend

Talking to a friend can be a great way to relieve stress. They can provide you with support and advice, and you can do the same for them. Here are some tips for cultivating deeper friendships.

Plan Healthy Meals

It’s a lot easier to eat healthy when you put some prep work in first. Take an hour or so at the beginning of the week to plan out and prepare healthy breakfasts and lunches. You’ll be more likely to fuel yourself correctly when you can just grab it and go!

Keep Up With Your Self-Care

Keeping up with your self-care plans is important during times of transition, but the best way to make sure you always put yourself first is to make it a habit. Stick to your new-found self-care routines, even after your time of transition is through.

Do you need some help navigating a difficult situation or getting clarity on what steps to take next? My one-on-one coaching opportunity can help you make the best of your transition so that you can start living a life you truly love. Schedule a consultation call today!



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