Coping with change

Published 7:00 am Friday, February 27, 2015

I have never been adept at handling changes in my life.
There have been good and bad transitions during my 30 plus years on this Earth, as there are in most everyone’s life.
Change is an inevitable part of our lives, but that still doesn’t make it any easier to cope with.
The loss of a loved one is perhaps one of the greatest challenges to cope with. Knowing that you won’t hear their voice or see their face again takes a while to grow accustomed to.
I’ve been laid off from employment twice, due to cutbacks. Even though I knew that it wasn’t my fault, it still wreaked some havoc in my life as I tried to decide what I was going to do and not sink into a deep depression.
There are always changes in the workplace. I’m the type of person who enjoys befriending some of the people I interact with each day. Meeting new people who enhance my life is a plus, which is why when I have left a job or co-workers leave, it’s always sad for me when I realize that I won’t see them everyday anymore.
I decided to research ways in which to cope with change.
The website suggests seven tips.
The first is noticing that change is a part of you. The second tip is facing your feelings about the change. Thirdly, the tips suggest figuring out when to accept and or reject the change. The fourth is adopting an attitude of anticipation and be grateful and welcome change as an opportunity. The fifth suggestion is choosing positive thoughts and attitudes about each change and the sixth tip involves learning to relax more. Lastly, the website suggests setting smart goals so that you can consciously guide the change.
I’m not sure whether these tips will help me the next time I deal with a change in my life, but it cannot hurt to try them.

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