Across our entire globe, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force drastic life changes on young and old, rich and poor, alike. The psychological effects of this change can manifest in a number of ways, including anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain.
Fortunately, even negative shifts can push you towards positive transformation when you implement healthy coping skills. Do you know how to handle yourself when dealing with change?
A High 5 Guide for Dealing With Change
Life always throws changes at us. Whether it’s following new social distancing rules, welcoming a new member to the family, or switching jobs, the way we handle the transitions will impact how they affect our lives.
Read on to learn how to deal with change in 5 healthy ways!
1. Alter Your Perception
While the world throws changes at you, transform yourself from within to better deal with them. Your perception actually alters the reality you live in.
Use different words to describe new situations. For instance, you might feel isolated if you say the government will not allow you to gather with loved ones or work. If instead, you see that the government wants to keep you safe and this time allows you to rest and work on personal hobbies, you may begin to feel protected and even excited.
Work on changing your perception by listing all of the opportunities presented by the new situation when handling change. Your focus will guide the transition accordingly.
2. Create a Plan
If you simply submit to the transition at hand, you may feel out of control and helpless. When coping with change, you need to empower yourself by creating a plan and deciding for yourself how your life will move forward. Remember to plan within the parameters of the change to avoid later frustrations when your proposal cannot pan out.
3. Develop Stress-Coping Skills
Even positive change will carry stress. Develop skills for coping with stress that you can use when your emotions start boiling over.
Deep breathing techniques help calm your sympathetic nervous system and center yourself. Daily yoga and meditation also help to keep the mind and body in a balanced state.
4. Write About It
Write out your feelings in a personal journal. It allows you to openly and honestly release all of your thoughts and feelings in a safe and personalized space.
Since nobody else will read it, you make the rules for your journal. So, you can write full sentences or random words, and make it straight forward or poetic. This will help you gain control in a healthy way.
5. Talk It Out
Sometimes we need feedback from others when learning how to deal with change in life. Talk with family, friends, and life transition specialists to gather a number of perspectives and, of course, different forms of comfort.
Make a Change for the Better
Dealing with change presents unique obstacles in every situation. But, transition always provides opportunities when you cope in healthy ways.
I hope you make changes for the better! Check out my website for more tips and awesome ideas!