All changes, whether positive or negative can be stressful and impact our well-being. Fortunately, there are ways to adapt to unavoidable life transitions without our world turning upside down. When we focus on the things we can control and let go of what is out of our control, adjusting becomes manageable and sometimes even enjoyable.
Tools for Adapting include:
- Take things one day at a time. Change takes time, but the journey is often what makes us happier and stronger people.
- Accept the circumstances. What has happened, has happened. Experience the feelings of discomfort while accepting our new reality.
- Take action. Once we have paused to accept the fact of a new situation, we can decide what to do about it with confidence. This empowering step makes choice possible. This may mean adjusting your schedule around the new transition.
Focus on gratitude instead of fears. It’s valuable to be aware that nearly all experiences have both “positive” and “negative” aspects. Gratitude is about feeling and expressing appreciation for all we have and all that has happened to us. Try writing down, daily, three things you are grateful for. Noting what you are grateful forcan help you lower stress, feel calmer, and focus on what really matters.