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.
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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.
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!
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