What Are Some Methods for Dealing with Change?
Some of the strategies that you can apply when dealing with the fear of change include:
Writing down your thoughts and emotions can be a great tool in helping you process your emotions and deal with issues such as the fear of change. Your journal should be a judgment-free zone where you are allowed to express anything and everything. When dealing with the fear of change, you can address issues such as how you think you developed it, how it is affecting your life, and how it makes you feel. You can also address the reasons why you are afraid to face it and how it makes you feel.
2. Make Small Steps.
The fear of change is not an easy fear to overcome. It can be exhausting, scary, and overwhelming. Trying to overcome it can also cause anxiety as that in itself is making change. In order to not get overwhelmed when dealing with the fear of change, it must be broken down into small tasks. This can be done by setting small, achievable, time-bound goals that are aimed toward the desired change. This gives you a sense of control and pride while motivating you to achieve more goals. These build up to making bigger changes and decisions such as leaving jobs that do not fulfill us or rediscovering who we are as people again. 3. Share Your Feelings with Those Who’ve Been There.
Find someone who has been through this change. It can be helpful to talk to someone who has gone through a major life change and come out the other side successfully. They can offer advice and support as you navigate this new chapter in your life.
Additionally, sharing your feelings with people you can trust is crucial.
This support systems help us to have a sense of security and build confidence as we know that we have people backing us. Sharing with loved ones also helps you discover that you are not the only one who struggles with the fear of change. By sharing you can get tips on how to overcome your fear and useful suggestions to handle it.
1. Take Some Time for Yourself.
If you have been putting your own needs on the back burner for too long, now is the time to focus on YOU. Make sure to schedule some regular “me time” into your week, whether it’s going for a run, taking a yoga class, or just taking a long bath.
If you are unable to deal with the fear of change alone, you must seek professional help. A professional will not only be able to identify the pattern of the fear of change in your life but will also identify the root cause and help you to process and deal with this fear. Therapists use very effective techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help you overcome fear and the assistance is customized to your needs. They are also likely to help you deal with the anxiety that accompanies fear of change. Since therapists have had professional training, they will address, dissect, and treat your fear without bias, unlike a relative will because of your relationship. Therapy is a good strategy to deal with the fear of change.
3. Use Positive Affirmations.
Positive words of affirmation can be useful when dealing with the fear of change. You can practice these positive words of affirmation by writing them down or saying them to yourself in front of a mirror. Words of affirmation convince our brains of positive outcomes.
Meditation can be a practice when dealing with the fear of change. Meditation can be useful as it can be used to self-reflect when observing your thoughts. This helps to understand your fear of change more and it’s helpful for calming the mind and reduces the anxiety and overthinking that accompanies fear of change.
5. Identifying the pain points that are holding you back.
Once you know what your pain points are, you can start to look for solutions that will help you address them. For example, if you're unhappy in your marriage, you might consider counseling or therapy. If you hate your career, you might look into going back to school or changing fields. And if you feel like you don't know who you are outside of your job, you might consider exploring new hobbies or spending more time with friends and family.
6. Avoid Procrastination.
Procrastinating only serves to increase your anxiety when it comes to the fear of change. You should avoid procrastinating change and try to take immediate or timely action whenever you need to make changes.
What Happens Once We Have Faced Our Fears and Embraced Change?
Once you have faced your fears and embraced change, these are the two expected outcomes:
1. You Become Self Confident in Your Abilities
This is because you can identify when situations, relationships, careers, and places are not serving you and are not afraid to make the necessary changes.
2. You Learn to Love Yourself More
By honoring your true needs and making the necessary changes, you will learn to love and embrace all you are as a person. This will include your beliefs, morals, dislikes, and even boundaries that you have set for yourself and others.
Final Take Away
If you are feeling stuck and unsure of what to do next, know that you are not alone. Change can be scary, but it can also be exciting and full of possibilities. I want to reassure you that there is light at the end of the tunnel and I am here to help you through this difficult time. Contact me and together we can work on finding a new path for your life. I look forward to helping you find what lies ahead for you.
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