5 Steps To Cope With Change
Change can be one of the greatest contributing factors to a decline in mental wellbeing, even when it's positive - like a new job, a new baby, or a new home, but learning how to cope with a new situation can make things a little easier when we're feeling overwhelmed.
Whether the situation you're experiencing is good or bad, accepting change - rather than trying to battle against it - can remove an added layer of stress. Acceptance isn't always easy, but acknowledging the power you do have can be a positive first step. Try reframing a situation to focus on the opportunity it opens up or the positives it could bring; envisioning a path towards brighter future can give us a stronger grip on a tumultuous present, and aid acceptance of what's going on right now.
When everything seems to be up in the air, holding onto the things you can control can be a grounding experience. Creating a morning and evening routine, as well as starting work, exercise, or other hobbies on a regular schedule whilst not over-exerting yourself in your downtime can help generate a sense of calm in what may be a stormy sea.
Prioritising physical and mental health is key - whether that's going on long walks, meditating, a nourishing meal, or time with loved ones; invest in yourself when you're feeling overwhelmed. Taking time to rest is often cast aside in favour of productivity - but productivity can turn toxic when you're burned out - so making time for a self-care routine means you'll feel stronger, and more able to deal with curveballs in any given situation.
Our loved ones are there for the good times and the bad. Even if your friends and family can't empathise with the change you're experiencing, they can still be a shoulder to cry on. The feeling of knowing someone's got your back makes change a much less lonely road, and brings attention to all the other good things going on at the same time. Sharing your struggles with your support system can also shed light on something positive you hadn't thought of yet yourself.
Sitting around and waiting for things to go back to how they were might be tempting when a situation is entirely beyond your control, but some matters are best taken into your own hands. If you've lost your job, start brushing up on your CV, if you've gone through a breakup, catch up with the people you haven't seen in a while, and if you've just moved home, starting organising your things so that you do future you a favour.
In times of change, the most important thing to do is give yourself a break. Change is hard, and often the biggest factor affecting life satisfaction - so don't be too hard on yourself when you're feeling low. It's important to remember that all change is temporary, and very soon it will become the new normal.