4 Ways To Help You Manage Major Life Changes
Major life changes can happen unexpectedly and adjustments may be challenging, especially if the change is unwanted. However, there are several positive things you can do to manage major life changes while on life’s roller coaster.
Take inventory of yourself
When change flies at you, don’t panic. Instead, calmly take inventory of your strengths and weaknesses, along with everything that will be impacted. For example, if your job requires you to move across the country, consider this an opportunity to explore a new location and develop additional skills. With a positive mindset, you will soon feel more in control.
Create a learning experience
If a major change feels overwhelming or threatening, whether on the job or in your family life, consider seeking professional assistance. A therapist or counselor with a Master’s of applied psychology practice offers a convenient way to get meaningful feedback in addressing a significant change in circumstances. The professional can help you personally consider the issues as well as handle professional adjustments that may be needed due to impacting your career.
Build a support group
Organize a group of close friends or relatives that can mutually support each other on a key source of change or concern. For example, if a new health directive wants to spray a toxic pesticide for area mosquitoes, the newfound group can brainstorm ways to that better deals with the mosquito issue, and respectfully discuss it with authorities. Working in a group gives you a better chance to be heard than working independently.
Make time to reflect
Reflection is an excellent tool that lets you think about what is happening and respond in positive ways. You can reflect while taking a walk or doing other physical activity, which frees the mind to be creative and explore problem-solving strategies. You can reflect while listening to music. Reflection can be done during almost any activity that allows your mind to address the change at hand in a meaningful way.
Keeping a journal of your feelings and responses to the situation to track and monitor your response to the situation.
Change does not have to be overwhelming or defeating. It can provide a wonderful segue into a new and different way of doing things that make life better than ever. At the very least, even if change brings difficulty, responding proactively will help you to work through the situation productively.
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