4 Ways to Cope with Change
Most people fear change and for good reason. As creatures of habit, change can spell disaster and the unknown brings anxiety. When moving home or apartment to another, change can be difficult. Learning how to cope with the stress caused by change can help you to lead a more happy and fulfilled life and it will assist in getting through the tough times.
Using these 4 methods, you can better cope with change in your life. Whether it is because you are moving to a new city, relationship, or professional stress, these mechanisms can help in all situations.
1. Journaling – Often the negative emotions and feelings that we have inside are only waiting to be organized and expressed. When fear or anxiety starts to overpower you and it seems that nothing positive is being done, it might be time to start doing some journaling.
By journaling, you will be able to express your emotions and, in most cases, realize afterwards that they are not really worth fretting about. This is probably one of the best mechanisms that you can use to overcome the fears associated with change.
2. Detach from technology – There is a false sense of connection that comes with technology. Our smart phones and computers can help us communicate with others and do many positive things, but in general it also brings a lot of stress and anxiety. The key is to balance the positive with the negative of technology.
To do that, it’s nice to take routine times away from all technology. It might be a good idea to start your morning without the computer or phone and the last hour or so before bed. Ideally, you can spend some time in nature while exercising as well.
3. Surrender to the worst scenario – When moving or changing in any way, there are a lot of unknowns. Most of the time the human mind fills in unknowns with the worst possible scenario and that creates anxiety. Instead, we can surrender to the worst possible scenario ahead of time. That way anything better is a blessing and a gift.
That isn’t to say you should expect the worst to happen. Just surrender to the possibility that it will – and you will survive and learn from it.
4. Seek emotional support – Men and women find emotional support to seem “weak”, but it’s actually one of the strongest things we can do as humans. If we internalize our fears and emotions and they become part of us, they usually turn into insecurities that hamper our development.
Instead, we can seek the support of others to have a different (and often better) perspective on the situation that is free from emotions.
It isn’t always easy to deal with change, but most of the time it is necessary. If you find that you are moving and struggling with the anxiety and stress that comes with it, perhaps you should find the practice that works best for you.