How to Deal with Stressful Changes in Life

Dr. Purushothaman
January 9, 2014


The one thing that's constant in life is change. Some changes are great. In fact, you may have been wishing and wanting them to occur for a long time. It's inevitable that there are going to be changes throughout life. Some changes, however, are harder to adjust to and when this type of change comes, it can be very stressful for you and your loved ones.
Let's discuss some of life's difficult changes and find out how best you can overcome them.
Stressful Change # 1: Losing Your Job.
During these hard times, millions of people are fearful of losing their jobs. In the event this occurs to you, what should you do? Stare in the change in the face and move on.
When faced with job loss you only have two choices really: mope around and feel sorry for yourself or accept it and plan your next steps. It's of course best to do the latter if you don't want this event to be truly stressful.
The best way to greet losing your job is to view it as an opportunity. Finally, you can do what you've always wanted to do. You've been given a second chance so go and grab it!
Following are some tips on what to do.
* Ask yourself what interests you and what would truly make you happy everyday.
* Once you figure out your 'calling', take steps to bring it into your life. For example, if you love to cook and want to start a baking business at home, then enroll yourself in a baking class. Upgrade your skills so that when you venture into this business, you increase your chances of being successful.
* If you opt for setting up your own business, keep in mind that starting it is as important as planning it. Don't wait for things to be 'perfect' before you open your business. That's just procrastination talking.
* Whether you set up your own business or not, it may be necessary to invest in yourself first to increase your skill level. So take classes, join clubs, do what you can to improve yourself.
Stressful Change # 2: Relocations.
Moving to a new area can be very stressful especially if you're moving because of your job and your partner and kids don't want to move at all. A great way to overcome this stressful change is to treat it as one big adventure.
* Instead of focusing on the people you'll miss, think of the new people you'll meet. Besides with the internet family and friends are only a click away.
* Instead of thinking of all the familiar places you won't get to visit daily, think of all the new areas you can explore.
* Also, take this as a challenge to change something about you. For instance, always wanted to learn how to dive? Find a diving school in the new area and enroll!
Stressful Change # 3: Unplanned Pregnancies.
An unplanned baby can be very stressful as it means a lot of financial, emotional, and mental changes. Still, the birth of a child is nothing short of a miracle so why not embrace it? Plenty of couples and single mothers opted to push through with the pregnancy and have been extremely happy with that choice so maybe it's the right choice for you too.
How you choose to handle a situation will determine how much stress you're going to allow. Think of any CHANGE as just another OPPORTUNITY. The choice is yours. The change has already happened; either way, you have to deal with it so why not deal with it in the most positive way possible? But the sooner you begin to look at life changes as new opportunities, the sooner you'll enjoy a less-stressed life!

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