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Our last blog post was all about stress management, and since things are still crazy and unpredictable because of the coronavirus, we thought we’d do a similar post with tips to process change.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, so many changes have happened in our daily lives. Even if you haven’t experienced something as significant as the loss of a job or an eviction, our daily routines have been thrown off in more ways than one.
So in a time full of unexpected changes, what are some helpful ways to process all that’s going on?
When things get thrown off, some of us respond by ignoring what’s happening. We try to pretend that things are “all good.” The most helpful thing to do when change is happening is to acknowledge that it’s happening. Once we do that, we can move forward with processing the change and growing from it. Without acknowledging it, you bury it down and risk it coming up later as an unhealed wound.
So many of the changes we are all facing right now are completely out of our control. In cases like this, it can be helpful to look at your particular circumstances and figure out what is in your control. As we mentioned in our last post, keeping a routine as much as possible can be great mentally! It reminds you that you still have an active role in your day-to-day situation. Depending on the kind of change you are dealing with, it can also be incredibly helpful to make a plan. Making some sort of a plan can offer stability and provide hope in the future.
Change is especially difficult to accept when it is unexpected. But even unexpected changes can have positives. For example, because of this pandemic, you’re probably spending a lot of time at home right now. If you’re single, you can focus more on personal hobbies and learning a new skill. If you have a family, you are able to spend a lot of family time together. These are some examples of positives coming from so much time at home! Whatever change you’re dealing with, try to find some positives to help your perspective.
Because change can take a while to process, keep an eye on your stress levels. If you notice yourself feeling more stressed about the change as time goes on, be mindful about managing your stress as much as you can. If you’d like some tips on how to manage stress, check out this post.
Whether it’s friends, family, or maybe even a counselor, it can be so helpful to talk through your feelings when big changes are happening. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people for a listening ear or to get advice on how you should respond to a situation. In fact, you may even find that people you know have experienced similar changes. That can be a great reminder that you are not alone! Especially with this pandemic affecting the whole world, there are so many ways that we can relate to each other and truly empathize. (See? We found a positive!)
We all experience change at different points in our lives. Some changes are good, some are not so good. But at the end of the day, it’s up to you how to respond. Change has the ability to make us stronger, so allow the changes in your life to strengthen you.
We’re all in this together, taking it one day -- and one change -- at a time.
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