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 cultural values.

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 management:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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 outcome.
  4. Take control of your life. Use your critical 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  
  5. 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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