Episode 92: Staying Sane Through Seasons Of Change: How To Not Lose Your Mind During Transition.
A new baby. A big move. A new job. Graduation. Marriage. Loss. These are all experiences that bring with them a new normal and leave us wondering if we’ll ever find our footing again. This week we’re sharing mindset shifts + practical steps that have helped us stay sane throughout seasons of change in our own lives, in the hopes of offering solidarity to you. Whether you’re in the thick of it right now or sense change on the horizon, we hope this episode leaves you feeling encouraged and empowered.
Reading back through old journals. I do this to remind myself of previous times of transition and how God has proved faithful before and to help me believe He will prove faithful again. Looking back at where you’ve been can bolster you to continue moving forward. - KA
The first thing I do is keep up with my morning routine. I would also add that having an evening routine would be beneficial, but I’m just not that kind of person yet. My morning routine is as simple as washing my face with warm water and moisturizing with almond oil and whatever clean moisturizer I use at the time. My evening routine definitely does involve a hot hot shower, taking my makeup off, etc., but I would like to add hot tea and some light reading before bed as well. They say that to help a baby with sleep, it’s best to keep their wake time routine and bed time routine consistent. I think that’s true of any human. - KB
Keeping as many things the same as I can, like my morning routine, or even things as seemingly trivial as listening to the same podcasts that I normally did, helps bring some predictability to my days. - KA
Prioritize your health and caring for yourself. The last thing that needs to happen when everything in your world is changing is for you to get sick. This could look a lot of different ways… vitamins, supplements, food choices, exercise. I personally am going to start my little fam on elderberry syrup as flu season approaches. It inhibits influenza A and B strains in the first 48 hours of flu-like symptoms, strengthens immune system, and reduces inflammation. - KB
Reconnecting with my past. I cling to conversations with close friends who really know me or even rewatching shows like The Office or Parks and Rec to bring some familiarity to my life. One of the hardest parts of transitions is feeling unknown by yourself or others, so having a reminder that there are people who love and know you and there are still familiar characters in your life, fictional or not, can help ground you. - KA
Take a walk. I am SO excited to be living in a neighborhood where I can bundle my baby up and take him on a walk. It’s grounding, relaxing, gives you a little space from all of the chaos. And you can’t do anything else but talk or listen when walking. You can’t do chores, or catch up on emails, or plan for your week. Just. Walk. - KB
The podcast “The Next Right Thing” by Emily P. Freeman. The tagline is “creating space for your soul to breathe” and invites anyone who is “in a season of transition, waiting, general fogginess, or if you’ve ever searched ‘how to make a decision’ on the internet to listen in.” Some recent episodes that have left me in tears at how much they spoke to me are episodes 52 and 53, “Grow As You Go” and “Allow The Present To Be Imperfect.”- KA
Do something fun. Tom and I had to reschedule our anniversary/my birthday/celebrate buying a house dinner to last night, and honestly, I was a little nervous about that because I have felt so stressed. I felt like… gosh, will I be able to even enjoy this since there’s so much going on in our lives? But it was PERFECT. It came at just the right time, provided a little escape, and gave us an opportunity to have good conversation. - KB