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At one point or another point, all our lives change and go through transition. Some  changes are bigger and more difficult than others. We experience transitions from work, relationships, communities, loved ones, school, etc. Sometimes we can see the change coming, other times it can be unpredictable–which can either be a disappointment, or a nice surprise.


Many times, we spend our lives avoiding change, which only causes more stress and anxiety. If you can learn coping skills that help you deal with change, both predictable and unpredictable, it won’t be as bad.


According to Psycom, being able to cope with change is sometimes called resilience. Though your environment and genes might influence your level of resilience, that amount isn’t set in stone. Practicing different ways of thinking and being in the world can boost your ability to deal with change and help you create a life that is adaptive to new places and unexpected events.


Everyone goes though change multiple times in their life. Here are a few creative ways to deal with life’s transitions and changes:


  1. Become More Aware
    1. Being aware of your present state of transition and what’s happening around you is important because it allows you to recognize and be in touch with your inner feelings. Recognizing this allows you to make better decisions based on facts, not feelings.
  2. Normalize Your Fears
    1. Educate yourself on the fear surrounding the transition. This allows you to look at it from a different perspective, bringing a positive attitude into the negative transition.
  3. Share Your Experience with Others
    1. With the lessons you’ve learned and the transitions you’ve gone through, you could be a friend who is more equipped to help those around you. You’re now more trustworthy because you’ve “”been there, done that.””
  4. Practice Self-Care After a Loss
    1. Life transitions can involve losses, such as death, big moves, loss of a job, or a relationship ending. Even positive transitions, such as graduation or a job change, can make you feel a little sad. Seek support among family and friends, and make sure to take care of YOU during this time.


Everyone is going through something–be sure to be a friend when you can. Ask for help if you need it, and make sure to face your transitions and change with an open mind.


Uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have titles until much later.  — Bob Goff



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