Change is an unavoidable constant in our lives that is often not within our control. These past few months have presented us with several perfect examples of drastic changes occurring in our lives where we have no real control. These changes have had a lasting impact on our day to day lives and can leave us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted with no idea how we will move forward. While we can’t necessarily control all of these changes in our lives, we do have the power to control how we perceive and adapt to these changes.
Below are 5 tips to help you adapt to change, especially the change going on with the current global pandemic that has led to major health concerns and a society that now includes daily use of masks and social distancing. Whether your concerns are about your personal health, your career, your family, or all of the above, these steps will help you to manage and adapt better to upcoming changes in your life.
- Change your perspective. If you are left feeling angry, upset, depressed, or anxious because of a change in your life, it’s time to take a break and focus on changing your perspective. For example, if you lost your job today, you will most likely be feeling overwhelmed and full of a variety of emotions, but it’s a great idea to remind yourself of the good happening in your life and the opportunity to switch careers or even the chance to go back to school. Put those fears and concerns in the back of your mind, even if it’s only for 10 minutes and allow yourself to consider some of the positive outcomes that could result from the current situation.
- Instead of saying I feel upset and frustrated that this situation occurred, you can say I lost my job and I now have to solve this problem. While our emotions are valid and we are allowed to feel upset, angry, or hurt, it’s also important to remember that dwelling on those emotions instead of the problem at hand will not allow us to adapt. If you focus on the specific issue at hand, you will be able to come up with realistic solutions that will also have a positive impact on your mood and emotions knowing that you are progressing towards a workable solution.
- We can’t say this enough, but don’t stress about stressing out. Our emotions can get the best of us at times and the best we can do is forgive ourselves and try to get back on track. It’s a vicious cycle to stress out and then get upset again that we are stressing out. Take a deep breath and come back to the issue when you have calmed down and this will allow you to have a clearer head to make the important decisions required by the situation.
- One way to adapt to change easier is by knowing that change is always going to occur and expect it. Often times the writing is on the wall for some change that happens in our lives, so being more aware of what could potentially happen and creating a plan of action ahead of time can save us from being overwhelmed and frustrated when the change actually occurs. While it’s important to not overthink potential scenarios, it is great to keep in mind that your plans could change tomorrow and be mindful of what could happen in your career or personal life in the near future.
- Finding support and asking for help is by far the most important step to adapting to change. It’s hard to overcome certain situations on our own, so consider reaching out to a friend, family member, or even a therapist to discuss your feelings and how the situation is impacting you. Therapy options are readily available now more than ever and offer a greater flexibility through online therapy sessions. Whether you are dealing with change that involves your homelife or career, we have licensed professional counselors for your unique needs.
Adapting to change will not magically happen overnight and may take some time, but taking these steps will help guide you in the right direction and allow you to have more peace with the changing world around you.