Change is inevitable. Whether big or small, change can provide us with opportunities to grow and new experiences to enjoy. That said, some changes can be more difficult than others, especially when it comes to transitional change. Transitional change refers to a situation in which an individual or organization needs to make a transition from one condition or state of being to another—and it’s not always easy. Here’s what you need to know about preparing for transitional change and how to handle it should it occur in your life. 


Moving is one of the most stressful transitional changes that we go through in our lives. WayForth’s move management solutions alleviate the stress of moving and help with all your moving needs. Our professionals help with downsizing, packing and unpacking, storage, and more. Contact our team of experts today!


What is Transition? 

Transition is the process of a period of changing from one state or condition to another. As we age the process of change has the potential to feel negative. When we are a child, we are experiencing so many new and potentially exciting things (love, education, travel, friendships, etc.). Transition is the tendency to change. In order to successfully experience change we must stay rooted in gratitude. Gratitude is the conscious effort of being thankful for what we do have or for the opportunity that change, or a transition can provide.  


What is change? 

Change is a disruption to what we know. It can disturb our structure. Our routine and structure are what creates psychological safety or a comfort zone. If we know what to expect and we feel comfortable it allows us to experience less volatility/stress. When we experience change, we feel that disruption and therefore we feel the loss of safety and it creates a world of the unknown and affects our ability to manage stress. 


What is Transitional Change? 

Transitional change is any kind of significant shift in an individual’s or organization’s life that occurs over time. These changes can range from moving to a new city, getting married, changing jobs, starting a business, or anything else that requires you to adjust your lifestyle and/or mindset. Transitional changes are often unexpected and require adjustment on the part of those affected by them. 


Moving is seen as the third most stressful thing that people go through throughout their lifetimes. Read our blog “Emotional Stages of Moving” to help navigate your next transition.


How To Prepare For It 

The best way to prepare for transitional change is by developing a plan. This plan should include specific steps that you need to take to adequately prepare yourself for the transition as well as any potential pitfalls that may arise along the way. Additionally, having an action plan helps you stay focused on the task at hand and keeps you from becoming overwhelmed by the prospect of change itself. 


Additionally, it can be helpful to reach out for support during this process if possible. Talk with friends and family members who have gone through similar transitions or ask professionals such as counselors or coaches if they have advice on how best to manage the times of transition in your life. 


To prepare for change here are some tips: 

  • Become familiar with your current routine. Literally, write it down (if you do not already) 
  • Acknowledge what will need to change. 
  • Identify what exists now that can still exist after the transition. 
  • Determine what you have always wanted to do but haven’t had the time to because of other commitments. 
  • Commit to meeting new people and having new experiences.  
  • Give yourself the experience to be curious and explore. This is incredibly important to navigating change.  
  • Journal each night about the day. And write down what you look forward to tomorrow.  
  • Invite others to be a part of your new experiences but do not rely on them to have new experiences.  


Transitioning from one condition or state of being into another isn’t always easy but with preparation and support, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming either. Developing an action plan before beginning any major transitional periods in your life can help alleviate some of the stress associated with major changes while also providing clarity around specific steps necessary for success along the way. And don’t forget that reaching out for support during these times is key—you don’t have do it alone! With proper planning and support systems in place, transitioning into something new doesn’t have be daunting after all! 


WayForth can help you or a family member with our comprehensive moving solutions including downsizing, space planning, packing and moving, unpacking and settling in your new home. Contact our moving professionals today at 1.844.WAYFORTH.    

About the Author: WayForth

WayForth is the definitive provider of comprehensive and personalized moving solutions for life and business. Since 2016, WayForth has led the way in move management, providing solutions to over 15,000 individuals and families. How you move matters and no matter the destination, WayForth serves as a guide making life’s transitions easier to navigate. Call 1.844.WAYFORTH today to learn how we can help with your next move!
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