Life is rarely easy, but undergoing changes such as moving, losing a loved one, or changing careers are especially difficult to handle. At times, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with it all. Change is a four-letter word for most of us, but it doesn’t have to be.

To an extent, life changes are hard because we believe that they’re hard. We want to keep living the same life as before – sometimes even when change improves our lives. The first step to getting through a major transition is accepting that it’s happening.

Accept Change

Change is natural, change is universal, and change is inevitable. Accepting this fact makes coping with it much easier. Not having control over change can feel overwhelming, but it’s also liberating. There are some parts of life that are beyond your control – so the only solution is to let go and ride the wave of change.

Look for the Positive

We get stuck in our heads far too much for our own good. Anxiety, sadness, and mourning – we prolong these because letting go means facing the reality that our lives are different now. When in doubt, just remember that you’ve faced change before. You’ve clearly come out on top, too.

It’s tempting to lose yourself in the whirlwind of negativity, but a part of you knows that’s no way to live. The only way forward is to remember that good can come from bad, and change doesn’t always have to mean a bad change. Everything is an opportunity, as cliché as that may be.

Practice Self-Care

It’s easy to say “just think positive” but the reality is that our feelings overwhelm us, and that’s natural. Problems start when we get lost in our thoughts and stagnate. Coping with the emotional turmoil created by change requires introspection. You need to remind yourself that bad things happen to everyone and that you aren’t to blame.

When you’re going through a rough period in your life, it’s even more important for you to take good care of yourself. Mind and body both deserve care during this trying period. Exercise, healthy eating, and plenty of relaxation should become a part of your daily routine. You won’t feel any better if you stop taking care of yourself, and that’s a cycle that’s hard to break.

Lean On Your Support Network

You are never alone, no matter how much it may feel that way. Reach out to loved ones – friends and family – for help when you need it. Stifle the voice in your head that says to stay at home and watch TV, being around people is more important than lazing around the house. In your time of need, your support network will help you.

Look Within

A major life transition offers an opportunity to look inward. You need to evaluate what matters most to you. Everything is an opportunity – and this change can mean fixing bad habits and improving yourself. Decide what you want to focus on in the future, and work toward those goals. Cut time-wasting out of your life and start moving forward again.

Additional Resources:
https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/18785-8-tips-to-help-you-thrive-during-life-transitions
https://www.psycom.net/dealing-with-change
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fixing-families/201307/keys-handling-lifes-transitions
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201703/10-ways-make-it-through-your-life-s-transitions
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kingsley-grant/5-creative-ways-to-deal-with-life-transitions_b_9664204.html