5 Easy Steps For Dealing With Change

Let’s open today’s blog post with the understatement of the century, shall we?

Change is hard.

Yep. Whether good or bad, the sheer act of change is often a challenge.

But why? Why does change feel so difficult for some of us?

When it comes down to it – like so many things – the difficulty stems from a state of fear: fear of the unknown, fear of perceived risk, fear of failure, etc.

And while some of us handle change better than others, (me – not so much) I think all of us have felt a sense of uncertainty from facing a new experience.

Losing your job, getting married, moving to a new home, having a baby, getting sick, sending your child to school, overhauling your diet…we’ve all been there.

The good news, is that despite change containing this often-uncomfortable “unknown,” there are strategies to help make these transitions to new territory much easier.

So if you’re searching for tips about dealing with change, then you’ve come to the right place.

Read on for my 5 easy steps.

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5 Easy Steps for Dealing With Change

You’ve Been Here Before

The first thing to do is to remind yourself that you’ve been here before. In fact, you’ve been dealing with change your entire life, and look where you are now.

You developed new insights from your last breakup; you love living in your new location; you’re happier with your new career, etc.

Sometimes when we’re faced with a daunting change, it’s easy to get tunnel vision and we forget how incredibly resilient and strong we are. So take some time to remind yourself of that.

You’ve been here before, and you totally got this.

Plan Ahead

When I’m dealing with change – big or small – planning ahead is a key strategy for me. By mapping out my plan of attack, and filling in the details, I help ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

If you’re planning a major cross-country move, for example, start preparing early.

Research and decide upon your closing dates, moving services, moving dates, etc. Do a major decluttering of your closets, basement, kitchen, and garage. Start packing the items you won’t need way ahead of time, and label the boxes clearly. Do not under any circumstances use the label “Miscellaneous.”

By mapping everything out and taking action early, you regain the control that fear has stolen from you.

Take that, fear.

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Talk it out

I find this strategy especially helpful in combination with both of the above suggestions.

Talk with someone you love about your struggles dealing with change. Ask them about their own experiences and whether they’ve endured a similar situation.

Talk through the changes you’ve handled in the past, and explain the different strategies you used to make them successful. Discuss your current plans for dealing with change. Do they have any suggestions to add?

Sometimes simply talking with another person helps us better understand why we’re feeling such uncertainty, while also giving us more clarity and perspective about the upcoming change.

Celebrate Your Wins

As you work through the change, make sure you take time to celebrate your wins. And I’m not just talking about the big stuff. Take time to recognize and celebrate all of your accomplishments along the way.

If you only allow yourself to celebrate at the end of the journey, depending on the situation, you could have a rather lengthy wait in front of you. So make sure you keep your spirits up and your determination strong by celebrating your big and small wins throughout.

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Think of Your Future Self

This one might sound strange but bear with me for a minute.

Take some quiet time to think positively about the future. Put yourself in your new job, in your new home, with your new baby, or healed from your injury.

Think about how your future self will recall this moment of transition and growth. How did you get to this point? What did you learn from the experience? How did you grow?

Remember, change is growth, and that’s why it’s uncomfortable. But on the flip side, change is growth, and that’s why it’s wonderful.

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If you’re dealing with change, or you’re having a hard time adjusting to new circumstances, be sure to download my Dealing With Change worksheet. It walks you through these five steps, while also helping you recognize the benefits of the change.

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Question:

Are you dealing with change? What are your strategies to handle the uncertainty that comes with new experiences? Let me know below!

35 thoughts on “5 Easy Steps For Dealing With Change”

    1. Yes, I think all of us struggle with change in some form or another. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Thanks for the great tips! I’m about to move across the wolrd for the third time, and am having a baby in two months! I have a lot of change coming my way for sure, but if I take it one day at a time I’m sure everything will work out. I liked what you said about seeing your future self. Great advice!

    1. Wow, Hillary. That’s huge! Congrats on all of these new experiences and opportunities. You totally got this 🙂

  2. Ahhhh good old change. It’s so important to think about your future self that way we see an end to whatever our current situation may be. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I totally get into tunnel vision mode. I keep my eyes fixed and charge ahead… (a lot of times without a plan.) I need to work on that one. I am pretty good at talking to others about it. I get some good insight from people who are not “involved” and can see the big picture. I’m dealing with either a move or just a big transition at the end of June. It has me pretty nervous, but if I actually plan I can get there. My future self will thank me!

    1. I hear you – it’s so easy to get tunnel vision. I love your tip to get an objective opinion from someone uninvolved. That’s a great idea. Good luck on this next transition! I am sure it will be fantastic 🙂

  4. Colleen Mitchell

    I went through a pretty big change at the beginning of 2017: I lost my job. I knew it was coming, was applying like a madwoman to jobs, but got no bites. That change was extremely stressful, and I dealt with it by doing 4-7-8 breathing and talking to my therapist. Definitely good tips here!

    1. Yes, that’s definitely a huge change. I’m so glad you found strategies that helped you through it. I need to check out the 4-7-8 tip!

  5. Great and very timely post! I am starting a new job tomorrow and I have been way overthinking it. It’s always good to hear that other people experience these feelings too. Talking it out always helps me.

    1. Congratulations!! I hope your first day was GREAT today 🙂 I’m sure you totally rocked it.

    1. Yes, I totally hear you. But as you say, if we can look forward and try to see that promise at the end, it’s really helpful.

    1. Yeah, that can be a hard one to remember. But it sure helps when we do. Plus, it’s fun! 🙂

  6. kisslikeagirl

    These are some awesome tips. Especially the last one. Visualizing is so powerful. Chances are if you think about yourself 6 months in the future whatever change you’re struggling with isn’t an issue anymore.

  7. I am certainly going through some big changes lately and trying my best to celebrate the wins. This is great advice!

    1. Good luck with all the changes, Jenni. And I’m so glad you’re celebrating your wins. It’s so important 🙂

  8. Planning ahead definitely always helps me deal with any kind of change or stress. Having a great support system from family and friends also helps me a lot

  9. For the most part, I do my best to embrace change! I think variety is the spice of life (seriously though, haha) and it’s fun to change life up every now and then. Planning ahead for big changes can most definitely make things easier. Great tips!

    1. Thanks Chelsea. You have such a fantastic attitude toward change! I need to embrace your mindset 🙂

  10. I am terrible with change! These are great tips, though, especially the “think of your future self” one. It’s hard when you’re caught up in the moment to see how your future self might benefit from the change you’re making, so I think meditating on that could be a great tactic for coping.

    1. Thanks, Amy. Yes, it’s a tactic that I don’t always remember, but it’s so helpful 🙂

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