How to Deal with Change – 5 Tips
Nathan Perkins • October 16, 2020
As they say, the only thing that’s constant in this world is change. However, there will come a point in your life (or rather, many points!) when all you can do is adapt to the changes that come your way. Whether the change is good or bad, it will still take some adjustment on your end. So, what are the best ways to deal?
1. Ask Yourself: What’s the Worst That Can Happen?
One of the main reasons a lot of people are scared of change is because of the unknown. An effective way to deal with the unknown is to think things through carefully. Determine the different possible outcomes that may come with it, and then decide the best- and worst-case scenarios. If it helps, write them down. You’ll see, the worst that could happen isn’t so bad after all.
2. Reframe Your Mind
There are times when the change that is taking place in your life is beyond your control. It’s natural to feel agitated with this, and the best you can do here is to reframe your mind and take a more reflective approach. Accept that there will always be things that will be beyond your control. Choose to be comfortable with that, and you will notice a greater peace of mind. View the change as a chance to learn and grow, even if it means faking it till you make it!
3. Take Care of Yourself
A lot of the changes in your life will have a negative impact, and that’s just how it is. Therefore, consciously make time for yourself. Take the time to appreciate yourself. It’s natural to have bouts of feeling down while changes are happening, but you don’t have to bury and push them down. Instead, take some time to do the things you enjoy. Nothing beats some self-care.
4. Evaluate Your Thought Patterns
An effective way to deal with changes is to evaluate your thought patterns. You will likely experience more negative thoughts associated with change than positive ones. This is because humans often resist change.
Changing your thought patterns will take a lot of work, but it’s doable. It will be helpful to write down your thought patterns from start to finish. You can start from when the change happened, and finish it with the end result.
This will help you discover a part of the pattern that’s not right due to catastrophizing or an assumption. When a negative thought pops up, you’ll be more mindful, which can help you replace it with a positive version easily.
5. Find Support
Sometimes, change can be so significant and challenging to deal with that it will push you to seek more support. This can be from your loved ones or from a professional. Trust that no matter how significant and bad the changes are, help is always there and will go a long way that will make you deal with the changes much better.
When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade
As you go through life, expect infinite changes. Some are small, while some will be big, and they will be either good or bad. Essentially, we are not that good when dealing with changes; therefore, you need to be mindful of your reactions towards these changes. These tips are ways to help you get out of a rut and accept that change wholeheartedly.
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