Coping with Life's Stressful Changes

Life is always changing in, around, and through us. Inevitably, changes will occur during life. Some will be good, while others will be bad or indifferent. Some are irrelevant, some you enjoy, and some you despise.

But Mom, what I want you to know is that you will get through them.

The life changes you actually don't mind are probably the ones that are simple to implement and probably even enjoyable. But what about the life changes that aren't quite so pleasant? How do you deal with them?

Let's dig into some of these typical shifts and the coping mechanisms you may want to try out.

Job loss, career changes, and work transitions

As the economy continues to deteriorate, job loss is at the forefront of practically everyone's concern right now. If you let it, this type of transition can be quite stressful. Job loss, on the other hand, does not have to be as stressful if you approach the issue differently.

When you lose your job, try to see it as an opportunity to try something new or do something you've always wanted to do.

Some ideas might include:

  • Learn a new skill or trade by enrolling in evening programs.
  • Make and sell arts, crafts, and jewelry online or at craft fairs.
  • Tutor or consult others to teach them what you know.
  • Start an online business.

The objective is to get out of your comfort zone and see all of the possibilities that await you.

If we're honest, getting out of your comfort zone, on the other hand, isn't easy. It does necessitate effort and bravery. When you're in your comfort zone, you're just that - comfortable. Nobody wants to be stranded. I don't, and I'm willing to bet you don't either!

Instead of worrying about the changes ahead, take a step out of your comfort zone and consider different options to become unstuck. And always remember, God will not give you more than you can bear.

Moving

Let's say you thinking about relocating or transferring to another location. That's a significant change that could generate a lot of anxiety.

While all of the stress and anxiety of the move can be a lot to handle, when you reframe this change as a chance to refresh and renew, the outlook can be that much more exciting. I understand how difficult this can be at times, especially if you adore your current neighborhood. You'll miss your friends, family, and familiar places, but think about the opportunities to expand. 

Moving away from people you care about can be stressful and challenging, but it doesn't have to be! The large relocation might be viewed as an opportunity to broaden your horizons and meet new people.

Your friends and family will remain, and you will be able to communicate with them on a daily basis. But you'll also establish roots in new areas, and you might forge greater friendships and ties than you could have dreamed!

Focus on the New Opportunities

There are always positive ways to look at things, and you'll be happier and healthier if you educate your minds to see change as an opportunity rather than a threat.

Other common life changes that can be stressful but can also be viewed as exciting new opportunities include:

  • Unexpected Pregnancy - An unplanned pregnancy can be financially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively stressful. It is, however, a beautiful opportunity! An opportunity to love and give life to one of God's children. A new chance to make some lifestyle adjustments or to give life to someone who is unable to have children of their own through adoption, among other things! Life is always a blessing.
  • Children Growing Up - Sending a child off to college or relocating away from home is a major transition that many parents struggle with. Consider the prospects open not only to you, but also to your son or daughter. Perhaps you can downsize your home and save hundreds of dollars every month. Alternatively, your relationship with your partner and friends may deepen and flourish throughout this period of transition. Not to mention the growth and experience your child will get as they learn and thrive in their own world. I'm dealing with this right now as my youngest child goes off to college! It's hard, but again, this is a blessed time.

The amount of stress you let on yourself is determined by how you manage a situation. You can see it as either a new chance or a terrifying circumstance. It's entirely up to you. However, the sooner you begin to see life changes as fresh chances, the less stressed your life will become!

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