How To Adapt To CHANGE
Written by: Janet Early
The notion of change can be overwhelming for many.
You get used to a certain way of life and when something offsets your current path, it can produce feelings of uncertainty, leading to chaos and stress.
Change, however, is more natural than stability. Since the beginning of time, humans and the world have been evolving, constantly growing and changing. Embracing change as an opportunity rather than viewing it as an opponent can make you better prepared to handle adversity and more adaptable to the unexpected.
People Who Embrace Change Are:
- Strong problem-solvers
- Efficient at stress relief
- Emotionally stable
- Even tempered
How To Embrace Change:
- No Expectations. Expectations for how something will turn out can lead to feelings of disillusionment or sadness if things don’t go as you anticipated. Instead, embrace the mystery of life and approach each new venture with the conscious knowledge that there is no way to predict what will happen next.
- Acknowledge Change. Maintaining awareness that change is real and inevitable will prevent that “punched in the gut” feeling when it actually happens.
- Accept Change. When change inevitably happens to you, consciously try to welcome it, rather than resist or deny its existence. The sooner you accept, the sooner you can adapt and reach a state of equilibrium again.
- Learn From Change. The hills and valleys you experience throughout your life in the form of major changes will always teach you something. Be open to the wisdom change offers and use it to fuel your personal growth.
- Realize Your Strength. As you learn to accept change, you will realize how strong it actually makes you. Enjoy and be grateful for this strength and let it reinforce your positive attitude toward change.
Switching up your everyday routine can make you more adaptable to change. If you consciously work on building up your adaptability skills, you won’t be knocked off your feet when something unexpected happens.
Steps You Can Take Today:
- Drive a new route to work
- Exercise in a new gym or go running on a path you’ve never been on before
- Use your non-dominant hand for everyday tasks
- Eat something new for lunch
- Read a book from a genre you don’t normally read
- Attend a class or lecture on a subject you’re unfamiliar with
- Rearrange your furniture
- Embark on a spontaneous weekend trip
The steps you take don’t have to be major to have a major impact.
“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” – Karen Kaiser Clark, motivational speaker
“How can you know what you’re capable of if you don’t embrace the unknown?” – Esmeralda Santiago, author
Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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