By Kara Williams, LMHC
Making big changes is a natural part of life. Change often moves our lives forward in a positive direction. So why are we so afraid of it?
Even if you usually feel comfortable handling almost anything that comes your way, you might be thrown off when a major change is introduced to you.
Here are a few ways to get yourself back on track and handle chaotic moments as you go through the inevitable changes that life has in store for you.
1. Stick to a schedule. This involves eating, sleeping, and allowing relaxing time for yourself on a daily basis, even if only for a few minutes. Making time for exercise will be immeasurably valuable in keeping your mind and body on track.
2. Rely on your support system. When you don’t think you can handle all of your regular responsibilities, ask for help. Friends and family don’t want you become ill from being so stressed out and hopefully will not mind pitching in to help you through the transition.
3. Remind yourself of the positive outcomes that might await you. Make a list of reasons why this was a good change for you or create a mantra to repeat to yourself. It’s important to replace negative anxiety-provoking thoughts with positive, reassuring thoughts. This is especially useful if you lie awake at night trying to calm your fears.
4. Talk openly about your experience. Your support system can be great for this. Share with your friends, family, coworkers and counselor who are a positive influence in your life. Their reassurance will help supplement yours.
The transition process is a very challenging time. Allow yourself time to adjust to it. Change is inevitable and often leads to opportunities that you will not even begin to imagine.