Transitions in our lives are filled with emotion. Whether they be joyous or mournful, transitions are a part of life. As we transition from 2021 into 2022, we at Good Shepherd Hospice thought that this New Year would be a good time to share some tips for managing transitions.
Some transitions are completely unexpected, but for those that aren’t, a little preparation can go a long way. Make a plan for navigating the transition. Set reasonable goals for yourself when you plan. Talk to people you trust to get their advice. Manage your expectations. Things won’t go perfectly to your plan and that’s okay. Things probably also won’t go as badly as you fear either.
Transitions can often leave us feeling untethered. It is important to maintain healthy relationships during a transition in life. Whether it’s exciting news or something truly devastating, having loved ones there for support is vital. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those you trust when you need help.
Transitions can put a lot of strain on our bodies and minds. It is important to practice self care to insure that we are ready for the challenges ahead. Do your best to maintain a healthy diet. Don’t neglect your personal hygiene. Create a routine to provide structure in your life. Most of all, be compassionate with yourself. You aren’t going to get everything right. Show yourself some grace.
At Good Shepherd Hospice, we are honored to provide compassionate care to those making their transition to the end of life. Contact us today to learn more about how our care teams help guide our patients and their loved ones through this important transition in life.