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Jan. 27, 2017 // WorkLife Wisdom: Dealing with Life Transitions

Sometimes we look up and realize we need to deal with a major life transition. Examples include finding childcare for a new baby, sending kids off to school for the first time, or locating caregiving services for an elderly parent. These big changes can be overwhelming. Having coping strategies can help make transitions smoother.

Tap Your Social Network
It helps to talk to friends and loved ones about the changes coming your way. Sharing your feelings can help you get constructive feedback and support, and help you find the way forward when you’re faced with major changes.

Optimistic Attitude
Remind yourself that you have the ability to cope with the transitions you face. The challenges may be new and difficult, but it’s key to remain hopeful about a good outcome.

Stress Management
Big changes in life often result in stress; they can drain you mentally and physically. When you’re in the middle of a transition, remember to keep yourself healthy by getting regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep. Plus, use techniques such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing to help you relax.

Get the Help You Need
Maybe you need expert help in arranging caregiving services for an elder parent or a child. Or, you need legal or financial assistance. The FAA WorkLife Solutions Program provides many resources and services to help you through life’s transitions. Options available through the program include concierge services to help with everyday events needing your time and attention, child and elder care options, legal and financial services, in-person counseling, and much more.

Call your program at 1-800-234-1327, TTY Users: 1-800-456-4006, or log on to www.MagellanHealth.com/Member to begin accessing services today.