Considering that change is a natural and frequent part of life, we, as humans, are very resistant to it! When our ‘known’ life, whether we like it or not, is replaced by an ‘unknown’ one, it can be frightening and also threaten our sense of safety. Change often happens very quickly, without much (or any!) warning and our equilibrium can be upturned in a moment, leaving us feeling very out of control. Change is difficult whether we initiate the change, or whether it happens unexpectedly. So, what can we do to make the process easier and to lessen the sense of threat? One of our favourite quotes on change is a strong reminder of how to look at change differently: “If you do not create change, change will create you” (Unknown)
The OutdoorCureOnline Guide to thinking differently about change:
1) Acknowledge your feelings. Change can stir up so many different emotions – anger, fear and sadness for example. Whatever you feel, it is ok to feel it and often acknowledging and accepting the emotion can help you to feel more in control.
2) Eat healthily and exercise. When change happens, it is tempting to reach for the comfort foods and/or we lack motivation to get up and moving. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle we give our feel good chemicals a boost and can help manage our stress!
3) Celebrate the positives. This one can be a tough ask sometimes and often they are not always obvious at the start but, change can precede growth so if you struggle to find them at first, check back in with yourself in a few weeks’ time and you might be surprised.
4) Seek support. If change has left you feeling overwhelmed, or you are dealing with a serious change then seek out support. This could be from family, friends, an online support group or professional support.
5) Self care and give yourself a break. Yes, we go on and on about self care but remember – it is in times of stress that you actually need to listen to yourself more than ever.
6) Take action. If it is possible, take an active approach to dealing with change. Set some goals, address challenges with problem solving techniques and ask for advice.
7) Accept and reframe. If the change is unwanted and out of your control then try to take some time to reflect. Accept that there are things out of your control and accept that the change is happening. Viewing change as an opportunity to learn and grow will help you to feel more in control, even if you have to fake it till you make it!!!
How do you think differently about change?
The OutdoorCureOnline Team x