Negative thinking (and negative people) can seriously undermine our efforts to adapt to change. Steer clear of negative news and attitudes so you can concentrate on staying positive and hopeful about the change. If you feel the negativity starting to creep in, consciously counter it with positive affirmations. The more positively you can view this change, the more positive your experience will be!

1

Avoid Negativity

2

When things feel out of control, we try to exert even more control over our own environment, leading to a rise in perfectionism and obsession. Recognize that, in times of change, things will go wrong – mistakes will be made, misunderstandings will happen, and tensions may be high. Give yourself (and others) some grace during this time.

Give Yourself Some Grace

3

When we’re anticipating or going through change, it’s easy to get caught in the, “what if” trap. In our attempt to predict what’s coming next, we often start to overanalyze everything, piling on even more anxiety and stress. If you find yourself obsessing over little details or the “what ifs,” take a step back and remind yourself that you cannot predict the future, so, instead, just focus on the present.

Stop Overthinking

If you can’t visualize it, you can’t be it. When we’re afraid, we focus on how the change will negatively affect us, instead of the positive impacts that the change could have. Take the time to visualize how the change creates opportunity, not how it removes opportunity. Keep that picture front and center in your mind as you journey through the change while keeping a positive outlook.

Visualize the Opportunity

4

Certainty is comfortable – uncertainty is not. Because change creates uncertainty, it makes us uncomfortable! But if you can accept and absorb that uncertainty and discomfort, the transition through the change can be a little easier. Believe in the good things on the other side of your discomfort. Remember, both the change and the uncertainty are temporary!

Accept the Uncertainty

5

We weren’t meant to steer the ship of our life alone. Building a system of support can help you work through your feelings and navigate the change successfully. That support could come from friends, family, a coach, or a support group of others. Be clear on what support you need, and don’t be afraid to ask for it!

Find Support

6

7

Every step forward through change is a success, so make sure you celebrate! Even small accomplishments can help build your momentum and grow your confidence. Finished the laundry? Sent that email? Finished that project? Write it down! It is the culmination of these wins that will propel you towards your new beginning!

Celebrate Your Wins

Here are 7 simple steps you can take right now to better manage change. An unavoidable and often scary aspect of human life, learning to adapt and cope leads to becoming happier and more fulfilled.

7 Ways to 
Adapt to 
Change

PRACTICAL STEPS

Illustration: undraw.co

7 Ways to 
Adapt to 
Change

PRACTICAL STEPS

Negative thinking (and negative people) can seriously undermine our efforts to adapt to change. Steer clear of negative news and attitudes so you can concentrate on staying positive and hopeful about the change. If you feel the negativity starting to creep in, consciously counter it with positive affirmations. The more positively you can view this change, the more positive your experience will be!

1

Avoid Negativity

2

When things feel out of control, we try to exert even more control over our own environment, leading to a rise in perfectionism and obsession. Recognize that, in times of change, things will go wrong – mistakes will be made, misunderstandings will happen, and tensions may be high. Give yourself (and others) some grace during this time.

Give Yourself Some Grace

3

When we’re anticipating or going through change, it’s easy to get caught in the, “what if” trap. In our attempt to predict what’s coming next, we often start to overanalyze everything, piling on even more anxiety and stress. If you find yourself obsessing over little details or the “what ifs,” take a step back and remind yourself that you cannot predict the future, so, instead, just focus on the present.

Stop Overthinking

If you can’t visualize it, you can’t be it. When we’re afraid, we focus on how the change will negatively affect us, instead of the positive impacts that the change could have. Take the time to visualize how the change creates opportunity, not how it removes opportunity. Keep that picture front and center in your mind as you journey through the change while keeping a positive outlook.

Visualize the Opportunity

4

Certainty is comfortable – uncertainty is not. Because change creates uncertainty, it makes us uncomfortable! But if you can accept and absorb that uncertainty and discomfort, the transition through the change can be a little easier. Believe in the good things on the other side of your discomfort. Remember, both the change and the uncertainty are temporary!

Accept the Uncertainty

5

We weren’t meant to steer the ship of our life alone. Building a system of support can help you work through your feelings and navigate the change successfully. That support could come from friends, family, a coach, or a support group of others. Be clear on what support you need, and don’t be afraid to ask for it!

Find Support

6

7

Every step forward through change is a success, so make sure you celebrate! Even small accomplishments can help build your momentum and grow your confidence. Finished the laundry? Sent that email? Finished that project? Write it down! It is the culmination of these wins that will propel you towards your new beginning!

Celebrate Your Wins

Here are 7 simple steps you can take right now to better manage change. An unavoidable and often scary aspect of human life, learning to adapt and cope leads to becoming happier and more fulfilled.

Illustration: undraw.co

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