“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer
Change is inevitable. It’s the one thing in life that’s constant.
Here are 9 great tips for coping with significant changes in your life and becoming a better version of you
1. Look at the positives that the proposed change will bring
Looking at the positives may uncover that the change is very beneficial, which helps you to consider the short and long-term effects that it may bring. You will discover that this change is desired or a requirement to better your life.
2. Is the change for someone you care for?
If the proposed change is for someone you love and care about–focus on the positives that it brings to them, and that should provide you the comfort and support to help you through the stress of the change.
3. Acknowledge that things can and do change
Sometimes we get so caught up in resisting change that we put off dealing with it. Denial is a powerful force and can cause stress. Try, stepping outside of the denial that change is happening and say to yourself, “Things are changing, and it’s okay,” is less stressful than putting it off.
4. Realize that even good change can cause stress
Sometimes when you experience positive life changes, such as moving, career changes, having a baby, getting a pet, they can cause a great deal of stress—or even dread. Keep in mind that even positive change can create stress, just like not-so-positive change. It’s okay to feel stressed even when something good has happened—in fact, it’s normal. Stress is your body’s way of reacting to change, and accepting this helps you create a more positive experience as change is happening.
5. Keep up your regular schedule as much as possible
The more change that’s happening, the more beneficial it is to stick to your regular schedule—as much as possible. Having some things that stay the same, like walking the dog every morning at 8 am, gives you an anchor. An anchor is a reminder that some things are still the same, and it this gives your brain a little bit of a rest from all the newness it’s thinking about.
6. Try to eat as healthily as possible
When change happens, many tend to reach for carbs—bread, muffins, cake, etc. This may be because eating carbs boost serotonin, a brain chemical that may somewhat deplete when you undergo change (stress). It’s okay to soothe yourself with comfort foods—in moderation. Make sure you’re eating healthy proteins, vegetables, and fruits to keep fueling your body with energy to eliminate digestive stressors.
7. Back away from social media
When you go through change, you may gravitate toward social media—posting what is going on in your life to your friends. First, make sure you are in a calm state when you post—the one thing you don’t want to do is compare your life to others, thinking that their lives are perfect while yours is undergoing some new stressors. Social media can often give a skewed view that everyone’s lives are over the top with being ideal when in fact, changes are part of everyone’s life, and often when you are not feeling aligned with the stressors of the changes in your life, reading other people’s post, can create more stress for you. Taking a social media break is a great way to give yourself the time and respect to deal with what’s happening in your life only.
8. Get proactive
Being proactive means taking charge and working preventatively. This means you figure out what steps you need to take before something happens. Being reactive means, you wait until something has happened, and then you take action. Being proactive is making appointments with your wellness providers who are part of your team for physical, mental, or emotional support or seeking new help by finding alternative treatments and services to assist you before something stressful comes up. The number one thing is to make sure you are in good health to deal with the stress of your upcoming changes.
9. Seek support. Here’s why
No one gets through life alone. It’s okay to ask for help; that’s a sign that you know yourself well enough to realize you need some support.
During a time of change, you may feel a little out of control. You may feel like you are not living up to your expectations for yourself. Remember that it’s okay to do less than what is humanly possible. Nothing says you must function at 100 percent all the time. If you feel like your stress levels are over the top because of changes in your life, reach out to us. We’re here to help, WrxConcierge. We are a triage of support available to assist you in any way you need.
Rose A. Weinberg, Founder, Chief Wellness Officer at WellnessWrx, Author, Speaker, Registered Homeopath, Holistic Nutritionist, Reiki Master~Educator, Founder of The feelgood Company. I love my family, home, martial arts, being playful, and feeling good! Full-filled Wife~Mom~Bubi~DogMom~DogBubi!