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  • Dr Kate Wallbank

How to deal with big changes in your life

Updated: Jun 26

There are periods in life when we are forced to step into the unknown. These times can be really unsettling as it feels like our plan or our path is unclear or uncertain. Dealing with big changes in life can be challenging, but here are some strategies that can help to navigate through them:

1. Acknowledge Your Feelings: It's important to recognize and accept your emotions, whether they are fear, anxiety, excitement, or sadness. Allowing yourself to feel these emotions can help you process them.

2. Stay Positive: Focus on the opportunities that come with change rather than just the challenges. As they say, when one door closes another door opens. A positive mindset can help you adapt more easily.

3. Break it Down: Break the change into smaller, manageable steps. This can make the process feel less overwhelming and more achievable.

4. Stay Connected: Lean on your support system. Talking to friends, family, or a counselor can provide emotional support and different perspectives. Talk to people who know how to listen, are positive and know how to support you.

5. Maintain a Routine: Keeping some aspects of your life consistent can provide a sense of stability and normalcy during times of change. We are creatures of comfort and maintain some small routines can be very grounding when other aspects of our life are in flux.

6. Take Care of Yourself: Prioritize self-care through exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate sleep. Taking care of your physical health can positively impact your mental well-being.

7. Set Realistic Goals: Set achievable goals to help you navigate the change. Having clear objectives can give you a sense of direction and purpose.

8. Be Patient: Understand that adjusting to change takes time. Be patient with yourself and allow yourself the time you need to adapt.

9. Seek Professional Help: If the change is particularly difficult, seeking help from a therapist or counselor can provide additional support and coping strategies.

10. Embrace Flexibility: Be open to new experiences and willing to adjust your plans as needed. Flexibility can help you navigate change more smoothly and find new paths forward.

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