Times of change can be challenging. And times of physical transition can be even tougher. I’ve been there. You don’t know which box contains your toothpaste and you found your toothbrush in the box with the cat toys. OK, it’s probably not that bad, but coping during a move can be a pretty tough.
You’ve heard it before, but so much of our situation is dependent on or created by our mental outlook. Having a positive attitude about life and the situations you face makes an enormous difference. That glass really is either half full or half empty. Which do you prefer? I’m pretty sunshiney and like to focus on what I have versus what I don’t have, so my glass stays half full…unless it fills up all the way!
Let’s look at a couple of challenges and find the positives. If you’re moving, those boxes cluttering every room of the house may be sending you over the edge. I get it; I don’t like disorder, either. However, what’s inside those boxes are likely things that make you happy. You’re blessed to have boxes of your children’s photos, handmade creations and beautiful sit arounds to adorn your home. In time, you’ll find the perfect spot for each in your new home. So take a deep breath, grab a cup of tea and relax.
Always search for some tiny positive and cling to it. It will carry you through. If your closing is delayed, you’ll have one more night to cherish the wonderful memories in your old home. If the movers broke your favorite picture frame, you get to go out and shop for something shiny and new for the next house.
Positive affirmations are one powerful tool to help you get through your move. You might feel silly at first, but believe me when I tell you there is power in those words! I’m not talking something silly like that old “Saturday Night Live” skit of Stuart Smalley telling the mirror, “Doggone it, people like me!” I’m talking more like mantras — statement of what you want and expect to be true.
How do you use those affirmations? You can recite them aloud when no one else is around. You can write them on sticky notes and place them places you will read them often (like the bathroom mirror). You can use them as your focus during meditation. Simply making these statements over and over changes your way of thinking — and thoughts are powerful. Thoughts become beliefs, and beliefs become reality.
Affirmations to Try
Here are a few of my favorite affirmations for people in transition. Pick your favorite or string a couple together, and say them or think them frequently:
- This too shall pass.
- I am strong enough to get through this.
- I am ready for this change. I am blessed by this change.
- I deserve the best. I’m ready for the future.
- I am creating the next chapter of my life, and it’s going to be a great one.
- I can conquer every challenge.
The possibilities for affirmations are endless. Find a statement that speaks to you and repeat it within your life. Times of transition can be unsettling, but they can also bring you new joys beyond what you could ever imagine. Here’s to you and your happiness!