Change is the one constant in the universe. Even the sun won’t last forever – despite our hopes. Change can be stressful, or it can be gloriously exciting and inspiring! In fact, many life events are classified by psychologists based on the severity of the stress felt by the individual. A death in the family and divorce are rated at the very top.
Even the most stressful changes can provide benefits and new opportunities. The ability to deal with change can be a good measure for predicting success. Those that handle change poorly tend to fight change and strive to protect the status quo – even if it’s not working for them. No change equals no progress, and no progress means no growth.
Changes in employment, living arrangements and location, and personal relationships can be among the most stressful life changes, but also provide the greatest opportunities for positive life advancements.
While change is stressful, it delivers numerous benefits:
Without change, life could be pretty boring. No matter how great your life might be, it can still become boring. Have you ever been on your dream vacation and found yourself excited about getting home by the end of your time there?
Having an evening or even a whole day by yourself can seem like heaven. But it doesn’t take too long for the charm to wear off. Several days or weeks of doing nothing except watching TV starts to get old.
Change keeps things fresh. Imagine living the same day over and over again. What would be the point?
Change can bring improvements. Changes in diet can lead to enhancements in your level of health, strength, and appearance. A relationship change can bring new levels of happiness and contentment. A change of careers can provide new opportunities , personal and salary growth. If you feel stuck, change is one of the quickest ways to introduce positive benefits into your life.
Change builds your level of resilience. Numerous studies have shown that the stress of change, within limits, increases the ability of nearly any organism to thrive. Too much change can be too stressful, but too little change leads to a loss of vitality and enthusiasm.
Some degree of change is required for you to grow and to be at your best.
Change provides new opportunities. When your circumstances and environment change, the opportunities available to you also change. Every change brings new possibilities and opportunities for you to build or enhance your skills and strengths.
Change isn’t easy, but it’s a necessary and potentially exciting part of life. Without any changes, the planet would become a pretty boring place!
Decide to embrace change that comes your way and make the best of the situation:
- Be flexible. Change brings new options. Consider all of your options and be flexible in your approach to resolving any challenges. The ability to adapt is underrated. Use the opportunity to find a new perspective and build your level of adaptation and flexibility.
- Look for the silver lining. Keep your mind open to new possibilities. Staying hyper-focused on the negative will make it harder to see the positive. Expect to find new opportunities that will change your life for the better. Keep looking until you find them, and enjoy them!
- Learn. If the change is challenging / negative, what led to the change? How can you use this information to prevent a future occurrence?
- Stay calm. It’s easy to feel less capable when faced with change, but excessive stress makes the situation – and your feelings about it – even worse. You’re not at your best when over-stressed, so maintain positive self-talk and practice de-stressing techniques like meditation.
Welcome change into your life with open arms and a positive outlook. It can provide new opportunities, build your stamina, and keep your life interesting. Without change, life would soon become dull and tedious. Work on embracing change, and keep your eyes open for new ways to incorporate change to enhance your life. It’s natural to be apprehensive about change, but change is the true constant in life. Those that deal with change effectively enjoy more success, and enjoy the process of change more completely.