“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

The one thing in life that is certain is change. Everyone has experienced some form of change in their lives, whether it be positive or negative. The process or idea of change can be scary and brings about a whirlwind of emotions. Any change that you are faced with, whether it is positive or negative, expected or unexpected, can result in feelings of anxiety, fear, excitement or uncertainty.

The way in which you manage the change is a vital part of how you move forward with the change and how you are able to resiliently overcome the change. 

When you are faced with change, here is how can you manage the change resiliently and be the best version of yourself after the experience:

Gather information.

Depending on the change that you are experiencing, it’s important to gather as much information about the expected or unexpected change. It’s so easy to try and fight the change or find ways to prevent the change from happening.

Information provides us with a better understanding of what to expect and provides us with the opportunity to interpret the upcoming change. The power of information can reduce stress as it allows you to plan and process the emotions that come with the change.

Acknowledge and accept.

It’s easier to acknowledge that you are going to experience change when you have enough relevant information to process. Instead of fighting the change, if you work towards acknowledging that the change is happening, it will make it easier to accept it is inevitable.

Allowing yourself to accept the change gives you some sense of control and gives you the opportunity to openly deal with the stress and emotions that will come during the change process. Change that is positive or expected can be just as stressful as negative and unexpected change. Allowing yourself the opportunity to experience and become comfortable with these emotions is an important part of dealing with change. 

Reframe your thoughts.

We often are opposed to change because it can be uncomfortable and daunting. It is normal to try and fight the change or shut down when you learn that something is going to change in your life. Reframing your thoughts to make the change process less stressful can be extremely helpful in managing the stress that comes with any change.

Naturally, the first thoughts that go through our heads can be negative or anxiety-provoking when we first learn about the changes that are going to take place. Changing the way that you view the change and letting yourself know that it is okay that things are changing. Focusing on the positive aspects of the change can be really helpful in reframing your thoughts and feeling less stressed about the change that you are about to face. 

Reach out for help.

During challenging times, it’s important to reach out to your support system or the resources that you have available to you. Nobody is expected to go through life on their own, and it’s okay to reach out to family, friends, colleagues, or resources such as Plumm during any change that you are experiencing.

Often people are hesitant to reach out to their support system because they don’t want to be a burden. This is such a misconception as your support system is probably more than happy to help, listen and provide support where possible. 

Practise self-care.

During a process of change, self-care is often neglected either because of the lack of time or purely forgetting to look after oneself. It’s critical to ensure that you continue to practise self-care and look after yourself, more so during the process of change, as this can be an extremely stressful time.

Mindfulness, meditation, exercise, downtime, time with loved ones, etc., are all ways in which you can look after yourself when you are experiencing change. You can explore some of our guided meditations on the Plumm platform.

Believe in yourself.

Throughout life, you always need to be your own cheerleader, your number one supporter! It’s about having a growth-based mindset during times of change. This is the belief that through dedication and hard work, you can develop your most basic abilities.

Believing you can do something gives you the extra push that you need to get through the changes and challenges that you are faced with. If you develop the mindset that change can be seen as an opportunity for growth and development.

Change isn’t always easy, and it can be very stressful at times, with highs and lows during the process, but these tools can help you manage the change process and allow you to learn and grow during a time that is meant to be stressful and daunting.