Blog posts Mental health

6 ways to deal with change

Change is something that happens to all of us at some point in our life, for example, that could be good or bad, expected or unexpected. Here are my top tips on how to deal with change.

Stick to a routine

This sounds like a bit of an oxymoron if something is changing but a routine is key. Try to keep to your normal schedule as much as you can, that way you will have some control over the change. Personally, I don’t like to have a strict routine, more of a to-do list with things I want to get done that day.

Come up with a distraction list

It doesn’t need to be a long list. It could just be a few things that will help your anxiety about whatever the change might be. Maybe put together a playlist of songs that will distract you or come up with a few activities you can do when there’s a quiet period.

Related: 100 distractions

Talk to others

Open up to your friends and family about the changes that you are going through. Tell them what you’re worried about, I’m sure one of them will have gone through something similar. If you let someone know what’s going on and how you are feeling, they can check in on you before/during/after the change. If you are struggling, you can always phone/text a helpline.

Think positive

You might be in a stressful situation, but thinking that everything is going to go wrong isn’t going to make you deal with change any better. It will result in more stress which isn’t what you want. Writing down a highlight of each day before the day happens means that you will have something to look forward to!

Prepare

Read up as much as you can. For example, when I was moving into uni halls, I read a lot of advice forums on what things I do and don’t need which made me feel much better. Write it down in a notebook and take it with you.

Be kind to yourself

Whether it is a good or a bad change, your feelings are valid. Give yourself a break, you are doing the best you can. Sometimes you just need some time to adjust. You might not feel like this right now, but you’ve got this!

Have you been through a change recently and have any advice that I’ve missed?

Thank you so much to my friend who suggested this a while back, I hope this has helped 💖 If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Best wishes, Cx

46 thoughts on “6 ways to deal with change”

  1. Great tips! As you’ve mentioned, it’s important to focus on things that you can control (to some degree).

  2. Totally agree! I’m definitely one of those people who like change haha I think change comes with challenges and there’s never a day where I don’t like to challenge my mind and body. I think your point about thinking positive is the best thing for change! A few years back, I traveled to the Philippines with my parents and I was born and raised in Canada so when I arrived at my mom’s place, I was totally culture shocked. The change in environment was nothing like I’ve experienced before and the first few days, I would just sulk. It wasn’t until I changed my mindset that I started to enjoy myself and make the best of the situation I was in. Thanks for sharing x

    http://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

  3. “Be Kind To Yourself” best advice for change✨

    I have always been petrified of change but being kind to yourself allows us to do what we can without being too harsh on ourselves.

    Great post Caroline🥰 xx

  4. This is a really helpful post. Change sometimes makes me anxious, but I am trying my best to deal with it positively. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Great tips! Love the idea of a distraction list as I often find that when I’m anxious about something if I end up busy doing something else then it never seems as daunting as when it’s the main focus of my day!

    Tash – A Girl with a View

  6. So many great tips on this list! There’s a lot of change happening at the moment, so these will come in handy to follow! I especially relate to thinking positive…definitley something I always try to do in any changing situation.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  7. Thank you so much for sharing Caroline! I absolutely hate change but I completely agree with you on what you said about keeping a routine – like you said it seems a bit of an oxymoron but I’ve honestly found that keeping things as normal as you can and trying your best to keep a routine can really help. Preparation is also key too – I find things so much easier when I know what to expect! x

  8. These are some really great tips. Dealing with change can be so difficult and I think sometimes we forget there. I agree we really need to be kind to ourselves.

  9. This is such a great post. I sometimes struggle with change but there are some things on here I have never tried so I am going to make a note of them, and keep them for the next time I am feeling overwhelmed about something x

  10. Lovely advice, especially acknowledging your own feelings and potential limitations – it’s okay to feel uncomfortable, which can be the first step in dealing with change

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.