How to deal with big changes in your life
Updated: May 2, 2019
Along this thing called the journey of life there may be constant changes and hurdles that we all must face. Knowing how to handle these changes can be pivotal for your mental well-being. Here are a few tips to assist you with adjusting to those unexpected changes and hurdles in your life:
1). Acknowledge that change is coming – for some people change can be scary and cause anxious symptoms due to the unknown changes that are about to take place. But pause and take a moment to breathe and recognize or tell yourself that all change is not bad.
2). Recognize- what your priorities are first and address those priorities one by one. For some people, looking at the bigger picture can be even more stressful compared to when things are broken down into smaller pieces. It may also be easier to adapt to those changes and hurdles when smaller sections are conquered one at a time.
3). Plan – Once you have identified that things are changing or that the hurdle isn’t as big as you thought, make a plan of action. Strategizing what course of action to take can help decrease your stress and anxiety level as it gives you a sense of purpose and direction. Taking control of a situation tends to help people feel more secure as to what may come next versus the not knowing what will happen.
4). Get proactive – Now that you have formulated your plan of action, it is time to implemented those chosen steps. Proactive simply means taking charge by using preventative measures to adjust to the new changes or facing hurdles, as well as preparing yourself for any new barriers that may arrive.
5). Stay positive – During this process it is important to stay optimistic. Having a positive outlook can help your overall well-being with these adjustments. Seek support from family and friends if you need to, meditate, exercise, or use other relaxation techniques to manage your stress level. Finally, do not forget to celebrate the positives, whether big or small give yourself credit for your efforts and making the best out of your situation!