Here’s something you might not realize: your body responds to good stress the same way it responds to bad stress.
Yup. Anything out of the ordinary or that takes more energy than your body is used to to is considered stress. Your body can’t tell the difference between the extra stress that comes from getting ready to go on a dream vacation or losing a job. It’s all just stress – and it can take its toll.
This is especially true if you’re going through a big life change.
Not only is this the definition of stress, but often this kind of change drags itself out as you plan for your life to pivot. It’s a lot to manage and the effects can definitely build up until you’re ready to explode.
While there’s no way to remove the stress from something like changing jobs or ending a long term relationship, here are a few things that can help you get through the tumultuous time (mostly) in tact.
If you’re someone who wants to plow through your to do list ASAP just to get it out of the way, you are my people. I understand the urge to try to do as much as possible, as quickly as possible, in order to get it over with so you can “go back to normal”. But if you’re managing a big life change, breaks are key. Your body can’t be on high alert 24/7. You need the time to reset and feel more like yourself in at least somewhat of a regular routine. Make sure you pause and do something that has nothing to do with getting stuff done.
Make sleep a non-negotiable.
Sleep is always important, but that’s even more true during times of high stress. Do whatever you need to do during the day, but don’t skimp on the sleep your body needs to feel refreshed. If you are constantly running on empty, you’re eventually going to crash.
Ask for support.
I don’t love asking for help either. I like to be the one who does the helping! But no one can do it alone. If you’re managing a big change in your life, please lean on your loved ones. From emotional support to helping you cross things off your to do list, it’s easier (and sometimes more fun!) to get through a challenging time with your people by your side.
Let some things go ignored.
There are only so many hours in the day. If you’re adding, let’s say two extra hours of work, what are you giving up? We already said it can’t be sleep so don’t even ask! Something has to go. Take a look at your schedule and look at what you can put a pin in while you’re managing everything else. It’s best to think about this before all the madness starts, but better late than never if you’re already in the thick of it.