The "holiday season" defines the time that extends from Thanksgiving to New Year's, where all we seem to do is eat, drink and be merry. Just what is it that makes the holiday season so special?
It's a combination of things, really. The concept of giving is but one reason. What other time of year do you find yourself encouraged on a daily basis to do or buy not for yourself, but for everybody else?
There's also the concept of family: being with family, forging stronger relationships with family, doing things together with your family. All these things work to forge a sense of unity with your family, which promotes a sense of security for the group and especially for the individual.
This is part of the reason that undergoing a major career transition during the holidays can be so overwhelming. When you're changing jobs or if you've lost your job, you're being forced to deal with a sense of insecurity and fear of the unknown, both of which directly conflict with the benefits of the season.
So, if you're undergoing a major career change during the holiday season, how do you prevent your mood from affecting your family and possibly spoiling holiday celebrations? We have a few tips for coping with a job change during this most happy of seasons.
Be present in the moment
How often do we watch family get-togethers and holiday celebrations slip past because we're too busy worrying about other things? Don't let your worries about your career transition seep into the back of your mind while you're with your family.
Instead, enjoy the holiday festivities. Focus on enjoying this moment, just this one little moment with your family. You may be surprised at how easy it becomes to quit worrying and just be present in the moment.
Use the joys of celebration to put your career transition in a more positive light
You know how you feel after you've taken part in a joyous occasion? You may feel happy, euphoric and full to bursting with joy. Take those emotions with you and channel them into your new job change. Instead of facing it with fear, anxiety and trepidation, use the momentum you've gained from holiday celebrations to welcome the change with the excitement of beginning a new adventure.
The security you feel while you're among your loved ones can serve as a powerful antidote to fear and anxiety. It can make your impending career transition seem smaller and less foreboding, which will make it easier to quiet your fears and enjoy your holiday.
Don't overstretch yourself during a career transition
We all tend to get carried away when we set New Year's resolutions, don't we? We're going to lose those 25 pounds; we're going to become fluent in German, Russian and French; we're going to finish that novel we've always meant to write; we're going to get on that diet and stick with it, come hell or high water.
While it's good to set New Year's goals, keep them realistic in the face of your new career transition. Though changing one aspect of your life may fill you with a desire to change multiple aspects, remember that too much change can bring an unbearable amount of pressure on you.
Don't set unrealistic expectations that you'll abandon come February. Find a couple of smaller, more realistic goals that you can set for yourself while still coping with your job change.
Facing a career transition is an exciting and terrifying prospect at any time of your life, but most especially around the holiday season. Just take a deep breath and focus on surrounding yourself with the love and security of your friends and family. That way, you'll be able to take on your job change with the positive energy that comes from celebrating the holidays with those that mean the most to you.