As Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of Frankenstein, put it, “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” But it doesn’t have to be. Most of us find change jarring and challenging, whether positive or negative, and we have trouble adapting if it means adjustments to our regular routine.
- Keep it small. When trying to make a change yourself, don’t do it all at once. Instead, take baby steps: Look at the final goal and break it down into smaller, manageable steps that help you move forward. Once you conquer the first one, you’ll be in a better position to take the next one. This will also help you stay on track … and make it more likely you’ll stick to your plan and make the change instead of feeling overwhelmed.
- Accept that change happens. When we get comfortable with a job, a friendship, a pet or anything that seems relatively permanent, we feel shock when that situation changes for whatever reason. Those who accept that nothing lasts forever tend to have more adaptability than those who can’t, and they appreciate what they have while they have it. It’s not that they fear something will go away; rather, they know it can. This allows them to deal with change less stressfully.
- Know you get to control your own reactions. Even with change, you take charge of how you respond. Even with an enormous change, such as a devastating loss, you can choose to reach out to others and get support. You may not like change, but you must find ways to deal with it because change happens whether you want it to or not. Give yourself time to adjust, but know you’ll have to do so to keep moving forward.
Having the ability to roll with changes will allow you much more flexibility and calm in your life. For help with any of your health and wellness needs, visit the experts at Medical Professionals.