Change is an omnipresent force in our lives and, undeniably, the reality that shapes our destiny. It’s like a wave that carries us from one phase of life to another. The irony of life is that from the very day we are born, change is our one constant companion. Change weaves into the landscape of our mental well-being, altering our perception of life, challenging our beliefs, and nudging us out of that “comfort zone” that holds us back.
Our emotions flow with changes, sometimes like a gentle stream, sometimes like a violent river. Change can bring elation, excitement, and anxiety, hit you with a pang of sadness, or shower you with the world of happiness, sometimes all at once.
Ever felt like someone tied knots of anxiety in your stomach and your heart raced to the point you could feel it at your fingertips? Changes in the environment and habits can bring about these physical manifestations of stress or anxiety. The psychological reactions are different for everyone whenever they experience change, be it a good one or a bad one.
This blog is for anyone and everyone trying to settle in and change their new normal. From barely surviving to thriving in change, here’s our take on it.
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Change can be a life-altering experience. It can be anticipated, planned, and welcomed. These are the experiences we prepare and wait for, like graduating from school, moving to a different city, changing careers, or buying a house. These are the happy changes that excite us.
However, unexpected changes, the ones that blindside us, like losing a job, an unforeseen loss of a dear one, or an accident, and multiple other unpredictable plot twists in our lives make us question our adaptability to the new normal.
Life transitions, whether expected or unexpected, make the loveliest or meanest dent in our lives. They have profound impacts on our psyche, lifestyle, and overall well-being as individuals. The daily struggles to settle into this new routine shift the trajectory of comfort completely.
Understanding change and giving it a chance to drive the wheels of life is at times very important for developing coping mechanisms, but how healthy is it? By understanding the dynamics of change, one can cultivate resilience to brace for impact. Discussions on the potential effects on emotional, mental, and physical repercussions enable acceptance with a fortified mindset.
To understand the emotional upheaval of change, consider the real-life example of Sarah, who recently lost a long-term job. Initially, she was shocked, in utter disbelief of what just happened. That turned into fear and anxiety about sustaining her future financially. Over time, this fear transformed into resilience and determination, which pushed her to consider her passion for pottery – a coping mechanism. She eventually started her own pottery business.
Similarly, meet John, upon relocating to a new city, he felt a surge of excitement. He planned adventures for himself; he decided he would go all out and make a lot of friends. However, as the novelty wore off, he grappled with homesickness and the challenges of adapting to a new environment. He acknowledges his emotions, how lonely he felt, and chooses self-care. He immersed himself in mindful activities. He met people, befriended them, and thrived in an unfamiliar territory.
The journey from shock, sadness, or even excitement to acceptance is the joy of acknowledging your emotions.
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Bouncing Back Stronger:
Resilience is an innate and remarkable quality instilled in us; it is a measure of our ability to bounce back in the face of adversity. To adapt and move forward, even when life throws us into the craziest loops, is the power that resilience holds. It is not about avoiding stress and change; it is about facing them head on, learning, and growing in the process.
Resilience teaches us to accept change and use the lessons learned as stepping stones towards personal growth. Its the toolkit of courage and perseverance.
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To anyone facing a major challenge…
Life is full of surprises, and change is the only constant that stays. If you are someone who is going through a tough or confusing time, finding it difficult to adapt to new situations, connect with professionals. Coaches and experts who can help you deal with these changes, heads on.