Whether it is something as simple as the time change twice a year or something more significant like moving into a new job, there is a cost to our physical well-being. I’m not debating the fact that people are resilient and that a person can build resilience to better cope with change. Those are both true statements. I am purely talking about how tired we feel as we go through these shifts.
Imagine…you are starting a job in a new company. You are using every ounce of mental and emotional capacity as you ramp up over those first weeks. You are learning a new culture. You are learning your new stakeholders. You may be learning new platforms and processes. At the end of the day, you are wiped out!
Our bodies are constructed of complex, interrelated systems. It is designed to funnel energy to the system in most need at any given moment. For example, let’s say your body is digesting your lunch when an emergency situation arises. Your body puts a hold on digestion temporarily as it pumps adrenaline through you to elicit your fight or flight response mechanism. This is very similar to how our bodies respond to change. Our energy reserves are concentrated on adapting to the change, leaving us feeling more tired than usual.
I experienced this first-hand during a recent job change. While I was (and still am) excited about the change, by the end of each day in those early weeks I came home feeling exhausted! I have also observed this same reaction in my older kids as they transition from the school year into the routine of summer. After the first week of camp, I could tell that they were running on fumes.
So, the next question is “What do I do about it?”. The answer will vary to some degree according to the individual’s needs. Yet, the common thread throughout is self-care. That may look like a long nap over the weekend or an earlier bedtime during the week. It may be a meal purchased or prepared by someone else. It may look like housework being put on a temporary hold and only doing the basics in the kitchen. It may look like asking for some additional help from family and friends for a few weeks.
Regardless of the tactic, the key point is to implement one (or more) to help you during these shifts in your seasons of life. By accepting that you need some additional self-care during the transition, you boost your likelihood to move through the change more quickly and with more energy.
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