Some people fear change and others look forward to it and thrive in the midst of it. However you view change, it can be very challenging. In times of uncertainty, it is important to focus on taking good care of yourself. Caring for your physical, mental and emotional well-being will help make the transition less traumatic. Here are some strategies to help you in times of change:
Be certain that you are getting adequate rest each day. In times of stress this can be a challenge but try to make it a priority. Inadequate sleep will decrease your ability to cope effectively with stress. Many people can become very grumpy on too little sleep. When you are feeling stress along with too little sleep, your immune system can also become weakened which can cause unwanted sickness in a tumulus time.
Make exercise a priority. It’s easy to find excuses not to exercise, but the positive effects certainly outweigh the excuses. Carve out time as often as you can. Your exercise routine may be a brisk walk through a park, or some relaxing yoga before your day begins. Whatever your routine, make exercise just another part of your daily schedule.
Eat well-balanced meals. It is easy to grab fast food and eat on the run, but your body will suffer. In addition to having added benefits of antioxidants, fruits, vegetables and whole grains will energize you and you’ll feel better. When your body is nourished, you’re equiped to handle more uncertainty.
Think positive thoughts. Use positive self-statements. If you catch yourself being negative and thinking the worst will happen, don’t let yourself go down that road. You have the power to stop negativity by becoming aware of your thoughts.
Set short-term small goals for yourself. Make sure these goals are attainable so you don’t set yourself up for failure. You may even consider writing your goals down somewhere that you’ll be able to see it on a consistent basis. The refrigerator is a great place to display goals. When you see your short term goals frequently, it helps you to stay on track.
Sometimes it helps to put your feelings down on paper. The loss of equilibrium during times of change can bring about feelings of loss, disappointment and fear. Journaling your thoughts will help you process and work through these feelings.
Be certain to utilize supports in your life. Talk to friends, family, co-workers or a professional counselor. It is important to get your feelings out and talking to others may help you see the situation in a new way. Trying to “go it alone” may lead to feelings of anxiety and isolation.