You cannot escape it; change will engage you.
We are pattern-making creatures. In general, we are more
comfortable with routine than with we are with change. What we know can easily be integrated into our daily lives. Once a routine
is established, our left-brains will happily point us in the same direction again and again but the unknown throws a wrench into the system.
Most of us can admit that changes are good, but many people still fear it. So what can we do to weather the sometimes-ugly storm? The bolded statements are the method followed by a brief explaination.
5 ways to cope with change
- Establish a support network of friends and family. Having family and friends that you know that you can confide in is always a great comfort and being able to discuss the challenges that you are currently facing goes a long way towards releaving the stress.
- Build self-esteem. Think about what you like and appreciate about yourself. Sometimes we forget to do that but if you list the things that you like about yourself I'm willing to bet that some talents will surface. Some you probably will be aware of and others might be a fun surprise.
- Maintain a positive outlook. Having a positive attitude helps you to feel good about yourself (bolsters your self-esteem) and is also an important part of your day-to-day health. Smiling and remaining positive will not only make you feel better it will reflect on to others and pass on the good feelings.
- Take care of yourself. Eat a balanced diet, exercise, and get enough rest. Enough said.
- Use what you have. Resources include self-help publications, support groups, friends, money, loving family members, special talents, good health, time and a positive attitude. All of these resources and more can help when you are facing a change. Learn to recognize and use them.