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There is always a season. A season where we laugh, a season where we cry. A season where we get sick, a season when we’re well. These seasons, at times, do not come with a warning. At which, can bring about anxiety, worriedness, and all sorts of mixed emotions. Whether you’re at home right now or out working, you’re experiencing a change in your life. Well, we all are, to be honest. This season has brought about circumstances we weren’t ready for. And for some of us, we’re to forcibly adapt to this change, which can be quite difficult.
Do you need tips on how to cope with sudden change? Or any change for that matter? Here a few tips if you’re going through some changes right now.
This post is all about how to cope with sudden change
Learn To Accept It Within Your Means
This is probably the biggest step and the most necessary one. Accept that life will always be changing. It’s the one true thing you can depend on above all else.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heaven -Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
When you and your friends were hanging out in high school, it all changed when you graduated. It also happens when you change jobs. There are and will be plenty more examples throughout your life that teaches you about change and how you’ve coped with it.
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Don’t Get Too Comfortable
The biggest changes seem to always happen when we are content or comfortable. However, you should always be ready for anything that comes your way. When you are comfortable in your situation is when you let your guard down which makes it more of a shock when something does change.
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Express Your Feelings & Thoughts
People tend to let things build up inside. As an introvert, I’ve done that so many times that when I was fed up, it wasn’t a good thing. Some people don’t talk about their situations, or if they do, they don’t talk to the right people.
If the changes are at work, for instance, consider talking to your manager about the impact of those changes. Managers are human beings, despite what people otherwise believe. Present your concerns in a professional manner and try not to flare up your anger, even if it isn’t directed at your manager. Bear in mind that your manager may be dealing with the changes much the same as you are.
Another example could be in your Christian walk. Talking to your pastor or Christian sisters can uplift you as they also pray for you. Pray to God that He gives you a loving community of Christ believers that can support you as you support them. More importantly, come to God also for comfort. He is the God of Comfort you know.
Turn The Change In Your Favor
The phrase, “turn lemons into lemonade”, has widely been overused. However, it’s hard to deny the meaning of it and the impact of that meaning. If you are dealing with change, in one form or another, see what intentions you can use to make it work to your benefit.
Such as these times, look for ways to make it benefit you. Need complete goals you couldn’t have done if you were working all day? Do them. Wanted to get into some hobbies? Get to it. And enjoy them while you’re at it.
You Can Only Control What You Can Control
If you’re putting in too much change in your life, then you may affect yourself and those around you. It’s truly best to absorb those changes and incorporate them into your life one change at a time. If you find yourself changing a lot in your life, then you’ll find yourself in a jumble. Which then leads to a change you can’t control.
Sometimes, the changes you put into place, can’t be helped. But, if you do have control over them, try to introduce them slowly over time.
Join Like-Minded People
Some changes will impact people where they need the support of others. This can happen when death strikes in your family, dealing with mental illness or anxiety, or some long-term illness. It could be trying to give up a type of addiction like food or drugs. There may be other types of changes where people need to reach out. Seek out the help of others who are going through similar circumstances as you are.
*If you have a friend or family member dealing with some sort of addiction, my recommendation includes a facility in Ohio, who tend to individuals dealing with addiction. Check out the recommendation page for more information.
Trust Your Guts
People may be forced into situations or decisions that go against what they believe in. If you find yourself in such a situation, it’s best to go with your gut or trust your instincts. If the change doesn’t feel right and you have no power to counter it, try to remove yourself from the situation if you feel strongly about it.
See Opportunities Rather Than Unfortunate Events
This goes in line a bit with the lemonade from lemons, but when you start to focus on change being something good, opportunities will be more open to you. They have a way of finding you. These opportunities may not have presented themselves had the changes not occurred.
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Here are three actionable steps you can take right now to help you cope with change:
- Forcibly make more changes in your life to get used to dealing with change. This could be something as simple as signing up for a working out at home to save money and atually doing it.
- Handle anything you are required to do because of changes that have taken place. As an example, if you have been let go by your company, make sure you create a budget that can help you survive the possibility of extended unemployment. Check out your government website for more information.
- Think back to recent changes that you have had to deal with. List several items (if possible) where you would have handled those situations differently than you did. Use a journal and refer to it whenever changes strike.
- Tell God your feelings towards change and ask how He can help cope with it. Read the bible to fill you up with comfort and hope. Know that God may be doing this for your good, in bringing Him glory. You may not understand it, but trust and have faith in Him to guide you through this change.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose – Romans 8:28 NIV
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There you go!
How are you dealing with change right now? Or even just in general? Comment below and let’s share our stories.
Until Next Time,