Practical tools to help you successfully navigate transitions with Elisabeth Callahan, LCSW

Life is a series of transitions. Some are more welcome than others, but whether they are expected or not, it is important to be able to make the most of life’s transitions and learn how to navigate them. 

You may be familiar with our guest today; Elisabeth Callahan was the community coordinator here at Lindywell who left our team to start her private therapy practice. 

Elisabeth is here to share practical tools to help us navigate the transitions we face, both welcome and unwelcome. Life is full of transitions, so listen to this interview to ensure that you are well prepared for the next transition that is thrown your way. 

Eisabeth Callahan, LCSW

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…

  • How Elisabeth found Pilates [4:32]
  • How Elisabeth managed her recent transition [8:25]
  • How transitions transform us when we work through them intentionally [10:46]
  • Navigating transitions without preconceived notions of how they will turn out [15:45]
  • Reframing transitions [17:20]
  • Common issues that people encounter when dealing with transitions [25:25]
  • Learning how to ask for help [32:27]

Navigate transitions with intention

A transition is a change or shift from one state or subject to another. Any transition can affect and transform us, but to ensure that it transforms us for the better, we must be prepared to handle the transition in an intentional way. 

Not everyone navigates transitions intentionally, and some don’t even recognize that they are in the midst of a transition. Acknowledging that you are in a transition is the first key to creating a positive outcome. 

To successfully navigate any transition you must make a mental shift. Any transition can transform us in a positive way even when it is challenging. When you recognize that you are going through a transition it is important to do so with intention. This mental shift is key to embracing the transitions that we face. 

Create space to question your thoughts

Many transitions that we experience come with preconceived ideas on what the outcome or transition may look like. Rather than going into a transition with these preconceived notions, try to set them aside to make room for what may actually happen. 

If you are wading through a difficult transition, take some time to create space to question your thoughts. How are you thinking about this transition? Are your thoughts holding you back? Can you reframe your thinking? 

Consider the ways that you could change your thought pattern to bring about a more positive result. Journaling is a great way to work through this process and give yourself a sense of agency and empowerment. 

Our thoughts affect our feelings which affect our behaviors, so if we can change our thoughts we can end up changing our behaviors and create different outcomes.

Lindywell can help you create routines to keep you grounded through life’s transitions

Pilates is an amazing tool that can help anyone through any transition that they may face. Our routines help us cope and can keep us grounded through the rockiest seasons in our lives. 

Start taking care of yourself now so that you can have routines in place to keep you grounded to weather any transition that life throws your way. Lindywell can offer extra support in this area with the calendar function and life and mindset coaching. The Lindywell community can offer support, celebrate your progress, and keep you healthy and well. 

If you know a friend or loved one who is navigating a transition, please share this episode with them.

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