Change is the only thing constant in this world. So is the stress that comes with it. Overcoming the fear that comes with change can be quite a challenge, especially when you don’t know what you are aiming for exactly.
Whether it is your work or your personal life, there is nothing that remains the same for long. No matter how small or big the change may be, it can come with confusing or scary effects on your life.
Sadly, when this happens, people get stuck because they don’t know how to handle stress. They freeze up because of their anxiety, not knowing what to do next or how to move on.
Stop and think about it. Have you ever thought of how many life changes you’ve gone through? There is what they call the quarter-life crisis. Perhaps you’ve already had this one. After that, you will have to deal with a mid-life crisis. And then you have to go through various changes in between including teenage angst, cold feet before getting married, relationship troubles and a lot more. All of which require you to go about a transitional period where you cannot help but panic.
You cannot be in control of every aspect of your life all the time. You cannot stop change from happening either. However, how you respond to the changes will significantly affect the overall experience. How you handle stress makes a big impact on your life.
While it may not take a genius to figure out, the changes you go through definitely require you to come up with your own stress management plan. You need to know what you are dealing with.
Before you lose hope and believe that there are no stress reducers you can turn to, here are some steps to help you ease into the new normal that the change is going to bring about.
There is no reason for you not to. When you choose to fight the change and everything that comes with it, you are putting yourself in a difficult position. When there is no acceptance from your end, you will only end up with more worries than you can handle.
Suffering happens when you choose to resist instead of embracing what is about to happen. Though it can be scary, you need to know that you are not stuck where you are. That’s why changes occur. Life changes are always beyond our control. Rather than fighting it for the power to manipulate the situation, allow it to happen. It’s okay to wish for things to be different, but it’s another story to take charge of it because you are too afraid to lose control. Stop and try to go with the flow. While it is natural for some form of resistance to manifest, you have to be conscious of when this resistance is no longer doing you any good.
It can be quite easy to lose yourself, especially during transition. Sometimes, it can put you in an uncomfortable position that could make you feel like you are not in control. But should you continue to fight the change? No.
Instead, you teach yourself the many ways you can positively deal with your emotions. For example, find an activity that will help you release all the tension. Maybe you can sign up for that boxing class you’ve always wanted to try. It will help you get moving.
The physical activity will help you channel those emotions and possibly release more endorphins. Getting physically active could help you lose weight too, which is one of the best ways to get the confidence boost that you need.
Have you ever thought of changing the way you perceive things? While reframing your perspectives might be easier said than done, it is considered one of the most powerful tools in life coaching. It can help you change a situation you are struggling with into something that can be regarded as empowering.
What does it mean to be disempowered? In this lifetime, it can be manifested by casting blame on others. You can become too focused on the negative details that could cause you to see yourself as a victim of the situation. Such a perspective can only make transitions seem worse.
Meanwhile, if you choose to focus on the lesson you can learn from the situation, you will realize that there might be a learning opportunity that could come with the experience. Instead of seeing it as a negative situation, you would see it as one of those that will make you stronger and wiser.
When was the last time you stopped to reflect on your life? While the times of transition often put you in a situation where you need to think, times of reflection, even without the change, could help improve your perspective in life.
Take a step back and gather your thoughts about whatever change you’re going through. If you do this, you’re giving yourself a chance to check in with yourself and find grounding for at least a few minutes. Self-reflective exercises include yoga practices, meditation, and journaling. All these require you to find some quiet time with just your thoughts.
Big changes can make your life a bit rocky. But it doesn’t have to be as bad. If you handle it positively, it could pave the way for some serious self-growth, awareness, and reflection.
How can you teach yourself to deal with the changes that constantly happen in your life? Deal with them like how a responsible adult would. Be all accepting and ready for whatever may come your way.
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