We all find ourselves in times of transition and change, whether we wanted it or not. Change doesn't have to be hard, here are 8 steps to help make it easier.
1. Begin by making small changes or break up large-scale changes into more manageable increments. This can make you feel better about handling the changes you are about to make while making you more comfortable with change in general. One foot in front of the next, taking small bite-sizes at a time, we will build confidence and courage to continue on the path. 2. Mentally link changes to established daily rituals. This can make changes like taking on a new habit, starting a new job, or adapting to a new home happen much more smoothly. For example, if you want to begin meditating at home, try weaving it into your morning routine. Have patience and compassion for yourself during times of transition and change.
3. Going with the flow can help you accept change instead of resisting it. If you stay flexible, you will be able to ride out change without too much turbulence. As my friend Stephanie would always “Be the reed” as she would flow back and forth.
4. When a change feels most stressful, relief can often be found in finding the good that it brings. An illness, a financial loss, or a broken relationship can seem like the end of the world, yet they also can be blessings in disguise. Look for that blessing. Creating a gratitude list can be very beneficial when you are feeling like only bad things are happening. 5. Remember that all change involves a degree of learning and willingness. If you find change particularly stressful, try to keep in mind that after this period of transformation has passed, you will be a wiser person for it. 6. Remember that upheaval and confusion are often natural parts of change. While we can anticipate certain elements that a change might bring, it is impossible to know everything that will happen in advance. Be prepared for unexpected surprises, and the winds of change won't easily knock you over. It’s when we hold on tightly to an expected outcome – and when it doesn’t turn out that way, that we suffer. The Buddha said attachment to an outcome only brings suffering. 7. Don't feel like you have to cope with changing circumstances or the stress of making a change on your own. Talk about what's going on for you with a friend or write about it in a journal. Sharing your feelings can give you a sense of relief while helping you find the strength to carry on. Working with a Life Coach during such upheaval, transitions and changes, can help enormously. Having someone who is 100% dedicated to your success if priceless.
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8. If you're trying to change a pattern of behavior or navigate your way through a life change, don't assume that it has to be easy. Wanting to cry or being moody during a period of change is natural. Then again, don't assume that making a change needs to be hard. Sometimes, changes are meant to be that easy.
Nikki Buckstead is a Certified Life Coach and Workplace Wellness expert. She is co-authoring the forthcoming book Recipe for Success with Jack Canfield coming out early 2019. To learn more, visit www.nikkibuckstead.com
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