How to Deal with a Life Change

While some people get excited by change, many of us prefer the comfort of what we already know. After all, big or small, change can make us feel vulnerable, overwhelmed and uneasy. 

But as difficult as the adjustment process may be, change can be a wonderful thing. Yes, moving, starting a new job, or having a baby can bring about a host of new challenges, but it also invites growth, adventures, and allows you to witness your own inner strength.

If you’re going through a life change, today we have three tips to help your transition feel a little smoother:

  1. Plan For a Change Before it Happens

Some changes you know about well in advance. Others, come as a big surprise! When you know a change is coming, do your best to plan for it ahead of time. If you’re moving, don’t just schedule the movers to come, but start downsizing early and prepare yourself emotionally. You may feel sad to leave your home, and know that’s perfectly OK.

  1. Schedule One Change at a Time

When change happens, our lives can feel rocked. And layering on many changes at once, can make us feel anxious and overwhelmed. Do your best to take care of yourself mentally and physically and limit how many changes you experience at one time. Try to fully adjust to one change before adding in another.

  1. Be in Touch with How You’re Feeling

Even if you’re excited about a change, like your child starting school or your own retirement, it can stir up all kinds of emotions. Allow yourself to feel everything you are without judgment. It may be helpful to write in your journal or talk with a friend about what you’re going through. And if the change seems like it’s just too much, you may want to reach out to a therapist or professional who can help. 

Welcome or not, change is a part of life, and big or small, you can handle it all. 🙂

With love,
Emily and the EveryDay Happy Team

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“Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”

 – Mandy Hale

 

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