Guest Post by Ciccarelli Advisory Services Inc.

Today’s women are strong, independent people who contribute a tremendous amount to society and to the lives of people with whom they come in contact.

However, we all face challenging times. One of the biggest challenges can come when you enter a period of major transition.

What is a Transitional Period?
Transitional periods for women can include a wide range of situations:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Diagnosis of illness or serious injury
  • Divorce
  • Move
  • Caring for aging parents
  • Lost job
  • Other stressful life events

Obviously, positive transitional periods – such as a marriage or a promotion – can have a major impact on your life as well, but it’s not often that these periods are hard or stressful to navigate. However, in the situations listed above, the world can seem to be against you and transitioning through these stages of your life can be difficult.

Tips to Remember

Several strategies can help you work through transitional periods. If you keep these strategies in mind, you will likely find it easier to navigate difficult, overwhelming situations in the best possible way.

  • Start by setting goals for yourself to achieve by the end of the transitional period, and perhaps even goals to reach along the way. The goals can be small or major, but should always be realistic. Goals give you something to strive for and help you maintain a positive focus – instead of dwelling on the negatives in your situation.
  • Understand that your emotions are normal, and that you shouldn’t feel bad or blame yourself for feeling a certain way. No matter the situation, you could experience emotions like anger, sadness, regret, and more. It’s important to remember that these emotions are felt by many people who are going through similar circumstances.
  • Pay attention to your finances. This is incredibly important, as your finances are easy to overlook when the emotions of a situation are taking over your life. Taking steps to protect your finances is a must. Depending on your situation, talking to a financial expert could be necessary. Your advisor will guide you step-by-step to ensure that your finances do not seem overwhelming, and to help you capitalize on opportunities you may not have foreseen.
  • Stay busy. Consider taking up a new hobby or reconnecting with an old hobby. Adopting a new pet may be beneficial. Focus on activities with a loved one. The key is to stay busy and have a purpose, so you don’t become bogged down and distracted by situations that you cannot change.
  • Try to focus on the positive. Even the worst events in our lives may have some positive aspects. Here’s a good exercise to do regularly: every time you have a thought that makes you feel bad, counteract it with a thought that makes you feel good. Each day, consider what you are grateful for in your life, unrelated to the issue with which you are coping. Just like exercising on a regular basis, this brain exercise will help to create positive emotions over time.
  • Set up support. Whether it’s an advisor, a counselor, or a group of old friends, having someone you can talk to and confide in will positively impact your ability to move through the transitional period and into a better state of mind.
  • Consider making incremental changes. Learning something new, for example, is a great way to redirect your energy and attention after the death of a loved one. Helping others can help you find purpose again. Little changes to your life can make a big difference over time.

There’s no question that it can be overwhelming to move through challenging situations on your own. Fortunately, our Ciccarelli Advisory Services family is always here to support you through times of transition.

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