4 Ways A Major Life Transition Can Help You Build Good Habits

Thank you again to Julie Morris for another guest blog! Today she shares tips for building habits during life transitions.

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When a major transition occurs in your life, it can feel like a fresh start. Perhaps you’re moving to a new city, starting a new relationship, or simply making the decision to open up the next chapter of your life. Any of these situations can be taken as a chance to reset and take stock of all the good and bad in your life. It can be the perfect opportunity to build habits that will change your life for the better. Once you have an idea of some good habits you want to build, you can start removing the bad ones from your life entirely. 

1. Seeking a Career Change

Your job can be such an ingrained part of your routine that you might not notice if it becomes a source of stress. Your work might not feel challenging or fulfilling anymore, or perhaps you just feel stagnant. In any case, switching careers can greatly benefit your mental health.

If you would like to break into a totally different career field, you can accomplish that by enrolling in a flexible online degree program that will equip you with new skills while allowing you to continue working full-time. There are a huge number of online schools to choose from, so make sure you find one that is accredited and affordable.

2. Starting Your Own Business

As an alternative to switching careers, you might decide that it’s time to become your own boss. You can get started with your own venture by leveraging your passions and choosing the right business structure for your situation. Forming an LLC, for example, might be the right choice if you want tax advantages and protection from certain liabilities. Using a formation service makes it easy to meet state regulations without the complexities of filing yourself or hiring an expensive lawyer.

Keep in mind that marketing your business is important from day one, and all great marketing endeavors start with an appealing logo. If you’re on a budget, use an online logo maker to create attractive imagery with your choice of pre-existing style, icons, and fonts. And if you’re in a rush to get an image out quickly, there are tools that let you design a logo online quickly — and for free.

3. Eliminating Toxic Relationships

When you enter a new phase of your life, you might have to decide what to take with you and what to leave behind. If you have any toxic relationships sapping your mental energy, it is best to cut them off when the opportunity presents itself. However, it can be difficult to confront a toxic relationship without the mental health support you need in order to overcome it. Get all the help you need from your genuine friends and from licensed professionals so that you can move on to happier times. 

4. Reconnecting With Friends and Family

Psychologists explain that connections with friends and family are a form of social support that boost psychological well-being. Even if a busy lifestyle or a silly feud has led to you falling out of touch with your loved ones, it is never too late to reconnect. Let your latest life transition mark the turning point where you start sharing your happiness with the people who matter most and allow them to support you in turn.

Habits are hard to build and even harder to break. Even if you recognize that you’re letting stress into your life, finding the strength and motivation to make a change is not easy. That is why it’s important to let your big life transition be a catalyst that causes a chain reaction of positive changes that will improve your life going forward.

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Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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