I came across a good article on the Internet about steps to take and things to do to make leaving easier. The article is geared toward leaving a relationship, but the techniques can be applied to any scenario of leaving.
Here are a few suggestions the article made:
Establish new boundaries
While this is important in relationships, it can also be important in other scenarios, such as taking a new job. It might be necessary for you to stop going to the lunchtime restaurants or the after-work gathering places that you and your former colleagues went to.
Take a communication break
Stop thinking about and regularly communicating with people from your old circumstances. This will make it much easier to focus on your new situation.
Establish a new support system and communication network
This one may take a little time to establish, but be patient.
Let yourself grieve
There will be times in your new life that might be difficult and you may have wistful thoughts of your past circumstances. Be gentle with yourself during these times and let yourself grieve for what once was. It’s normal and natural to miss things from your past, but also don’t wallow in self-pity and don’t second-guess your decision to make a break and move on.
Give yourself whole-heartedly to your new situation. Get involved with it. Meet new people, see new places, find interesting and fun things about your new circumstances.
Keep looking forward!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,