5 Tips to Help You Manage Change
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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.
It is not
enough that we have to deal with the normal personal changes 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. Most of us are
comfortable with the known and uncomfortable with the unknown (see Expand
Your Comfort Zone).
It is in all of our best interests, however, to learn to
accept change and welcome its challenges. We can come to terms with the
fact that change can actually be good for us since it helps us develop and
encourages personal growth.
Here are some helpful tips
and strategies for change
- Take care of yourself.
Eat a balanced diet, exercise, get enough rest. Take time to relax.
When you are healthy, you are better equipped and in a better frame of
mind to handle anything.
- 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. Even though most of us prefer
to settle into comfortable routines, realize that your present routine
may only be temporary. See: Be Openminded
- 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. Look for the positive
outcomes of change. How you react to it can often determine the
- Take control of your life. Use
thinking skills. We know some change is forthcoming. What can
you do in advance to help yourself in the transition? Make a list of
options. Determine the best approaches. Take charge of your thoughts
and actions. See the article: Take Control of Your Life
- Make changes. 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 the 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.
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