I am one of those people that does not deal with change well.
You all should remember my anxiety issues from this post.
I get excited for the idea of change, but when it comes to acting on it, I panic!
Currently my life is all about change.
I recently resigned from my place of employment and will begin a new career venture next week.
I also started a new class last week that will be taking up massive amounts of time.
Not to mention, I’m on my way to becoming a married woman in less than half a year!! Gasp!
These may all be positive adventures, but change is still overwhelming.
How To Deal With Change
1. Take a deep breathe.
This sounds simple enough, but a lot of anxiety stems from simply forgetting to breathe.
I mean, think about it! You get so excited over something that breathing is no longer priority.
2. Change with the change.
Everything is a little less scary when you're in control. Gain control by changing what you can.
New job? I dyed my hair and got a more professional wardrobe. I changed for the change!
3. Prepare for an easy transition.
Being proactive is such a vital trait to adopt. It helps prevent mistakes and makes change easy.
The longer commute is sure to stress me out. I'm preparing by having dinner pre-made and frozen.
4. Talk it out.
Sometimes all you need to relax is to be able to hear the situation out loud.
Say it to yourself in the mirror, to a friend, or even to a counselor if it helps. Talk, talk, talk!
5. Distract yourself from unnecessary worry.
Your brain can develop crazy theories and scenarios that will freak you out if you let it.
Read a book or put on a TV show to help distract your thoughts before you sky rocket your anxiety.
6. Make a list of all potential positive outcomes.
Most people initiate change for a reason. Make a list reminding you why the change is good!
Changing my career may be scary, but it means more money and more room to grow.
7. Remember the constants in your life.
Just because one thing is changing doesn't have to mean that everything will change.
I take comfort knowing that at the end of the day I'll still be coming home to my amazing family.
8. Celebrate the change.
Setting a positive mental outlook on something will help eliminate anxiety and welcome the change.
I think a new job should mean a congratulatory dinner with a nice bottle of wine. Yum!
9. Make a schedule.
Change is scarier when it's a surprise. Work a schedule or appointment that's comforting to you.
Having an actual "start" date is way easier for me than not knowing when or if i'll start.
10. Focus on what actually matters.
Anxiety means worrying about every little thing that doesn't even directly effect you. Don't do that!
I need to focus on what effects me directly: My paycheck, my family, and my life!
How do you deal with change?