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Career Corner: Career Transition Survival Tip #2

Sometimes we're so busy taking care of business that we forget to take
care of ourselves. Yet, if you're amidst a major career change, there
is nothing more important than listening to your Inner Voice and
tending to all the little things your body, mind and soul is asking for
and needs. Here are some great ways to nourish your whole self and stay
balanced while successfully navigating through your career change.

2. Set boundaries.

Life can get a little crazy when change is happening all around us. If you've still got one foot in your former professional role and the other foot has stepped into the future, you may feel unsure of whether you're coming or going! This is natural, especially in times of transition. The trick is to set boundaries for yourself as a way to curb the feelings of overwhelm. One boundary could be, turning off some of the channels of information overflow. For example, if you've signed up for new career membership associations or email newsletters, you could create a special email address for this purpose alone. This way, personal pursuits can be kept separate from your daily responsibilities, helping you to feel less distracted and stressed.

Time can be another boundary that keeps anxiety at bay. For instance, you can make a commitment to not to think about anything career-related after 8 p.m., instead reserving another time slot for this purpose. Your commitment could be, "I will work on my career transition from 5:30-7:30 at least twice a week." By setting and maintaining boundaries between your career goals, everyday responsibilities, and leisure pursuits, you will feel more in-control of your life, balanced and at peace with yourself and the process.

Here's to having a career you love,
Hallie Crawford
Career Coaching