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The only constant in life is change. Sounds like a pithy sentiment, but it’s absolutely true—we can certainly rely on things to be different day-by-day.
Often, because we aim for it, change is good and positive. It’s brought about by following goals, and making the changes ourselves. But just as often, we can be blindsided by negative change.
Right now, we’re experiencing a lot of change. COVID-19 has slammed into every aspect of our lives—work, home life, relationships, everything is affected.
When significant negative change hits us, we tend to go through the same process:
Everybody moves through these stages to greater or lesser degrees and at different speeds. The key is to try to recognise where you are and try to progress through the stages as quickly as possible. Then you can concentrate on moving on and staying positive!
Managing negative life events effectively can help you to restore your life balance, reduce their impact on your wellbeing and help you to stay happy and healthy. People generally adapt well to change, and learn from past experiences.
How can we best deal with major life events?
The first thing you should do when looking at how you deal with change is evaluate your lifestyle. Look for areas you can pay less attention to for now, and concentrate your mental resources on the change—this counts as much for positive changes as it does the negative ones.
Try these coping strategies:
Simplify your life
By simplifying your life you will feel less overwhelmed. Being organised, and having a solid foundation, makes dealing with change a breeze.
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