Change is inevitable. Some change is good like the changing in seasons or changing how you make a favourite recipe because you found a better way to make it. Some change is normal like changing your hair style or changing your workout routine. Some change is scary like changing jobs or changing where you live. It doesn’t matter how much we don’t want to change to happen it will always happen, every day we make changes subconsciously and consciously. The small changes are easy, and they rarely make an impact on us, but the big changes can be challenging especially big changes during times of uncertainty such as in a pandemic.
How can we embrace big changes during these times of uncertainty and make them less overwhelming and realise that while they may be challenging, they are in fact a good thing?
Accept that it won’t be easy – change can be challenging and challenging can be a good thing! Know that while it won’t be easy it will be worth it.
Give yourself time – change takes time and at the beginning change won’t be easy. Let yourself feel things and admit to yourself that you’re struggling
Talk to people in similar situations – if you’re changing jobs or moving house talk to people who have gone through similar things recently and see if they have any advice or ways to make it less stressful.
Get support through the tough changes – if it’s a big change that will impact you long term, lean on people who can support you and/or get professional help.
Celebrate getting through big changes – they say it takes around 6 weeks to find your feet after a major change, so at the 6-week mark celebrate it. Celebrate unpacking the last box after you’ve moved house. Celebrate finding a new coffee shop near your job. Celebrate when you finally feel that you can breathe again after this change.
Know that what you see as a big change won’t be a big change for everyone – for some people changing jobs won’t be a big deal but for other people it will be a struggle. Everyone is different and that’s ok, don’t compare yourself to them and know that you are doing the best you can given your circumstances.
As much as we can hate change during these times know that long term, change is good, and it will be worth it.
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