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One thing we all have in common: 2020 is a year filled with transitions. And if you’ve lived as long as I have, you may recall other years of deep transitional stress. How can we all practice self-care when changes we do not like–and did not want–come knocking on our doors?
People who hire a health coach like me often look for guidance in transforming their health habits. That’s an example of transition by choice or vision. People who lose a job, a child, or a relationship…these are circumstantial transitions that challenge our emotions and coping skills. Both types of transition deserve an extra helping of self-care at home.
Bruce Feiler writes in his new book, Life is in the Transitions, that he’s identified “Five Truths of Transitions”. I recommend his book and paraphrase his findings here in relation to self-care.
People who deeply understand their values and their vision for the future find it easier to weather the storm of transition. What does self-care have to offer this kind of person?
If you’ve always found it easy to make choices or reach important goals in your life, the self-care skills during change or transition may seem simple to you. Have you seen other people struggle in dramatic ways? Have you been able to reach out and help? Research shows that your help could be very important.
Jean Carragher and Jennifer McGaughey write about their research on the effects of peer mentoring on first-year undergraduate students. They found that peer mentoring as an intervention helps people move forward in their studies. This peer support helps the students transition because it gives them feelings of belonging, satisfaction, and engagement. It helps the students to stay the course and not give up.
Community support for Prediabetes or other chronic illness can be transformative. I invite you to learn more about the ways that we use kindness and community engagement to help one another transition from Worry and High Blood Sugar to better health with peer support.