Self-Care During Workplace Transitions

Workplace transitions can cause stress and uncertainty in our lives. Your co-workers may be transitioning in and out of different roles, and you may be asked to take on new responsibilities. As you work from home, your personal and professional obligations may collide in unexpected, challenging ways. Finally, with the continual change and upheaval we’ve faced this year, you may also feel anxiety and discomfort about what the future holds.

To help you manage the stress of workplace transitions and practice self-care, we’ve compiled resources across Stanford that can address your wellness needs.

Ways to manage stress

  • Paid time off is available so you can relax, maintain your health, and take care of yourself and your family.
  • Well Time is paid time you can use to participate in any activity associated with BeWell, including Berry-eligible Health Improvement Program (HIP) Healthy Living classes, apps and personalized sessions.
  • Virtual contemplation opportunities are available from Stanford’s Office for Religious Life (ORL). 
  • Stanford Recreation offers virtual fitness classes, and select recreation facilities are open and operating under strict social distancing and sanitation measures. 
  • The Stanford Faculty Staff Help Center is operating remotely and offering counseling and discussion groups.
  • Take advantage of virtual arts programming from Stanford Arts.
  • Giving back to your community can help relieve stress and give you a sense of fulfillment (Not sure where to start? Check out our past feature article: Dialing up your community engagement).
  • Invite coworkers to have walking meetings or off-video meetings to fight Zoom fatigue.
  • Cardinal at Work offers professional development webinars in:
    • Adaptive Resilience
    • Dealing with Prolonged Disruption
    • Managing Self and Teams During Prolonged Disruption
    • Strategies to Navigate Uncertain Times
    • Understanding and Managing Teams During a Crisis
  • Take a personal development course from LinkedIn Learning, which you have free access to as a Stanford employee, and develop skills in stress and anxiety management, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and navigating transitions.
  • Stanford’s Office of the Ombuds is available to employees who need help resolving work conflicts.
  • If you’re a manager, your employees may not ask you for some of the help they need. Stanford has created a manager toolkit to help you have difficult conversations with your employees and to guide them to resources they can use to help them during workplace transitions and other stressful situations.

BeWell feature stories

Over the years, we have interviewed several Stanford experts about dealing with transitions and practicing self-care to ease stress. We’ve compiled select stories that offer valuable insight into what you can do to take care of your emotional health as you adjust to workplace changes.

The challenge of change

Coping with work transitions

Discussing suffering in the workplace

Tending to your emotional health

Help for job stress

Self-compassion: The best medicine

Compassion’s curative power

Mindfulness and Meditation