Change is inevitable, comes in many forms and usually means facing the unknown. It can trigger fear, stress and even panic from feeling a loss of control. Most of us have a natural resistance to change. But following these strategies can help you navigate changes with less stress, enabling you to successfully come out on the other side.
- Change your reaction: It’s the only part of change you can control. For example, if you’re facing an empty nest, focus on the exciting opportunities that await your child on the road to adulthood.
- Learn to adapt: If you’ve had to move to a new location, for instance, think of it as a chance to expand your social circle.
- Practice acceptance: If you’ve lost a loved one, for instance, acknowledge the sadness but hold positive memories top of mind to keep from being overcome with grief.
- Make counting your blessings a habit: Research suggests that gratitude helps improve your mood and increases your resilience to bounce back from upsets.
- Seek support: Whether it is family, friends, coworkers or a support group, having people to talk to can remind you that you’re capable and will make it through the change.
Source: Broward Health Employee Assistance Program