Week 22 – How to Build Resilience As You Transition Through Change
Change is rarely easy and it can really mess up your life. It is only by acknowledging your emotions and giving voice to the feelings you’re experiencing, capsule that you can develop more confidence and face change with resilience. There are many ways to deal with significant life changes and the approach you take will be very personal. The strategies below can help you to transition through change more easily.
- Acknowledge the reality that things have changed and find an anchor to hold on to during the emotional roller coaster ride that is your personal transition. Your anchors can be your family, viagra sale friends, work exercise or a hobby.
- Take care of yourself. Release stress through physical exercise, relaxation, diversions.
- Allow the full range of your emotions to surface so you can deal with them effectively. Acknowledge that you are feeling sad, lost or scared; and allow time to grieve any loss.
- Call on all your creative abilities to create your new reality. Allow your creativity to flourish, even if you’re not feeling particularly creative. Make time to reflect, to dream and stay open to new ideas.
- Focus on the small moments, not the journey or the destination. Take baby steps. Whether you make a 180 degree turn or a 5 degree turn, it doesn’t matter. One degree at a time is all that is required to keep you moving forward.
- Make plans and embrace your new normal, one day at a time. Anticipate your needs in terms of new skills and information, and make plans to acquire what you need. This will give you a great sense of control.
- Have faith that there is light at the end of this rough patch. Trust that things will work out and actively seek out new information to help you adjusted more quickly.
- Use ritual to symbolize and mark the end of the old and to embrace the new you that has emerged from the change.
Change is an individual process that has to be experienced to be understood. You can only realize the full impact of a change once you’ve live through the full experience. The mind is incredibly resilient and able to adapt to the changes in your life. A mind once expanded by change is forever changed, and often for the better.
Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands; and the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website.