Dealing With Change

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The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” Some changes are good, like graduating from school, starting a job, or welcoming a new child. However, there are also bad changes, like a loved one getting sick, or passing away. Regardless of the type of change, stress is a common side effect. This stress can lead to interpersonal conflict, anxiety, depression, and resistance to change in the future.

Coping Mechanisms

There are many different methods to cope with stress. Each method may work differently for each individual, so it’s important to try different methods until you find the one that works for you.

Counseling

Counseling can be an excellent tool to help you navigate change and become more resilient. It can help you understand and adapt your existing belief systems surrounding change, allowing you to be more positive. It can also help you identify particularly stressful changes that may be coming up in your life and create a plan for addressing these changes.

Accept And Prepare

Since change is inevitable, we must accept and prepare for what is coming towards us. Putting off what needs to be done only prolongs what needs to be done, creating more anticipation in your life. Accepting what is happening, and preparing for the change will make the transition easier. For instance, starting a new school, or going to college is a change that most young adults go through. The days cannot pause, time cannot stop, and ultimately the first day of school will arrive. Accepting that school is starting, and preparing a list ahead of time for what to pack helps prepare for this transition.

Anticipate Stress

Stress plays a key role with change. Anticipating the stress that will come is a great way to stay in front of and prepared for the change that is happening. You know best how your body reacts to stress. Stay in tune with how you’re feeling, and take anti-stress measures to keep stress levels low.

If you are having a difficult time dealing with change, or finding a counselor, contact The Light Program. We have a team of dedicated counselors willing to help with any situation you’re going through.