Today, in this fast-paced, unpredictable world, not only is change
inevitable, it is happening more quickly than ever before. It is
becoming a way of life.
not enough that we have to deal with the normal personal changes that
we all go through in life, but these days we also have broader issues
to contend with such as the global economy, the domestic economy (job
loss, company closures), the environment, technology, and changing
As challenging and difficult as it may be, and as resistant we are
to it, we have to learn to manage change.
It is in our best interests, however, to learn to accept change -
even embrace it and
welcome its challenges.
We can even come to terms with the fact that change can
actually be good for us since it helps us develop and encourages us to
Here are 5 Tips for Managing Change:
Take care of yourself.
Managing change can be stressful if you are not prepared, so be sure
to take care of yourself. Eat a balanced diet, exercise
regularly and get enough sleep. Take time to
relax. When you are healthy, you are better equipped and in a better
frame of mind to handle anything. If, on the other hand, you are
already stretched to your limits and having trouble coping, change
will only add to your difficulties.
Be open and flexible.
Knowing that change can occur at any time helps you accept
and adjust to it when does happen. Be able to let go of expectations
that no longer fit what is currently going on in the world.
Certainly, at no other time in history has there ever been so much
change or happening as rapidly as it is today. Even
though most of us prefer to settle into comfortable predictable routines,
realize that your current routine is probably temporary.
Stay positive and put it in perspective.
We all have the ability to control our inner and emotional
responses to whatever happens. Our attitudes towards it and how we
choose to deal with it is totally up to us. With that in mind, look for the positive
outcomes of change - there are always some. In fact, how you react to it can often determine the
Take control of your life.
You can manage change by taking control of your
life. Use your critical
thinking skills. We all know that some change is forthcoming.
Therefore, ask yourself what can
you do in advance to help prepare for the transition. Make a list of
options. Determine the best approaches. Take charge of your thoughts
and actions. If you are mentally and psychologically prepared for
change, it will not rock your world when it happens.
Become the change agent. Sometimes we are forced into making
changes because we allow ourselves to get stuck in a routine or
lifestyle that is no longer working for us. If, however, we
anticipate it and become active rather than reactive, we can take
control of a situation. We can look at where we need to make
adjustments and then take action. Doing so can prevent the stress
and anxiety that accompany unexpected change.
Change in life is inevitable. Rather than fear
or try avoid it, our best course of action is to accept
it, meet it head on and allow it to be a positive, constructive force
in our lives.