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Feeling Stuck? Five Tips for Managing Life Transitions

Identifying Emotions During Life Transitions

  • Be aware of your emotions such as fear, sadness and shame.
  • Writing down your feelings or doing certain rituals or activities to cope up with the loss is a great way to transition your life.
  • A ritualistic gesture becomes a statement and a metaphor for your emotions to take a physical form.

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Restarting the economy

The economy shut down almost overnight. But reopening it will not happen the same way. It may take months and possibly years to fully open, even under the most optimistic estimates.

Implementation is complicated

The proposed three-phase plan will allow many businesses to open in the first phase.

Schools and daycare centers can open in the next phase. But that means millions of working parents could be asked to return to their jobs before they have someone to take care of their children.

Partial reopening

In the early phases of reopening, businesses could be required to operate at a reduced capacity.

Offices might operate in rotating shifts, but other businesses could have a harder time. Restaurants may have tight profit margins even in better times. Operating at half capacity may mean working at a loss.

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Transition is difficult

Transition, even the completely voluntary, can be a source of intense suffering because it involves adapting to new situations and changing your self-conception.

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Transition, as an in-between state

Transition is also called liminality by psychologists - a state where you are neither in the state you left nor entirely in your new state. This in-between state creates an identity crisis, even in good transitions.

But they are really a predictable and integral part of life and happen regularly. Author Bruce Feiler interviewed hundreds of people and found that a major life change happens, on average, every 12 to 18 months. Even huge collective transitions such as the pandemic occur with regularity.

In retrospect, most transitions are seen as positive

In hindsight, even the unwanted transitions are usually seen to have been a success.

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  • Due to the pandemic, millions have had to say goodbye to their existing jobs, as companies and stores make positions redundant or go bankrupt themselves.
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  • Globalisation and technological progress have impacted the well-paid ‘blue-collar’ jobs negatively, apart from disrupting routine office work. Addressing a skills gap by training workers sounds great in theory, but various studies point out to a different reality: skilled workers are already in oversupply.
  • The problem arises from the retraining occupations that workers are doing, which may not be what the industry requires, but just a small fraction of the total vacancies. Add to this the fact that technology itself is automating tasks at a brisk pace, eliminating thousands of jobs altogether.
Realism About Reskilling

The push towards reskilling is not a scam, but merely a misalignment of incentives and a myopic focus on ‘skilling’, which does not shine a light on the numerous other factors that prevent people from getting new jobs, or keep them stuck in dead-end jobs:

  1. Lack of interoperability between organisations for employer health or retirement plans.
  2. Lack of decent-paying entry-level jobs.
  3. Logistical and commuting issues of the employee.
  4. Lack of guidance and support to laid-off employees from the industry.