Sunday, March 20, 2011

Coping With Change

For everyone whose lives have taken a sudden turn in the recent past (and isn't that most of us?) here, below, are a few points about change, and coping with it - that you might find of some interest.

Also; for those who are finding their way to my blog for the first time: there is a new section with information about Depression and Anxiety (and a simple relation method to try) on the link above. More information about me and my counselling services are in the right hand column and in the pages above.

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Coping With Change

1) Expect a reaction
People often say: ‘I don’t know why it’s affected me so much’, and criticise themselves for crying, laughing, or feeling moody. All these, and every other emotion, are normal in the face of change – any change.


2) Let yourself grieve
Change, no matter how good it is, means loss. When something in your life changes you lose the old way of being or the old set of circumstances. And loss means grief and nostalgia.


3) Go with the flow
Resist and be rigid in the face of change and it will be a lot more painful. The secret is to be flexible and you can ride it out more easily. Think of yourself like a boat in a storm. Turn a

4) Hang onto the familiar
If the change is big then keep up many familiar things as you can – and remind yourself of how much in your life isn’t changing. Stick to your usual routines, see people you normally see, and reassure yourself that not everything has to change just because some things have.

5) Get support
Don’t try to cope alone or keep your feelings to yourself. Talk about it, have a hug, a laugh, a cup of tea and a bit of reassurance. Being brave doesn’t always mean managing alone, it may mean finding the courage to ask for help.


6) Divide it up
When possible divide bigger changes into smaller steps. For instance, a house move, a wedding or a divorce involves several stages. When you feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the change, concentrate on the step you’ve reached, rather than the bigger picture.


7) Find the good in it
Some changes feel awful – death, illness, financial loss and many others can feel like the end of the world. Sometimes you have to look very hard to find the blessing in such changes, but there always is one. It’s through change that we grow wiser and stronger and learn to make better decisions.


8) Know that it will end
All change comes to an end when the new circumstances are in place and become familiar to you.
Every change, no matter how big, will end and you’ll return to a feeling of normality. Keep this in mind when you feel as though you’re in the middle of a bumpy ride.

2 comments:

  1. i love your article..i am glad that i have found it, i have learned from it..through our past experience we need to cope up just to have a better change..we need to move on and face the new beginning in our life..

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