REAP the Rewards!
As I reflect back over the last few years and all its moments, months, and seasons, I admit that I have experienced some pleasant and also not-so-pleasant changes. I also admit that change of any nature has never been and still is not easy for me. Yet, I know change is inevitable and always will be. If you are like me, then I hope these tips help you better manage changes in your life.
Take some time and let the change settle into your life. Whether it was a change for the good or not, taking a break post major change is in your best interest. If you have worked really hard to make something good happen, be proud of yourself for your effort, determination, persistence, and courage and take a little time to enjoy it and the new benefits. That is- take the opportunity to “breathe “if possible before initiating and moving on to the next shift in your life. Likewise, if you have gone through a major change that was not desired, you too need to take some time to rest and/or grieve. Your rest period will be determined by the nature of the change and how it will affect your life.
Whatever the change may be, it’s best to take a step back and view the impact it will have on your life. Does the change require more of your time, treasure or talent to sustain or maintain? As the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for, it may come true”. Or does it require a plan to prevent further collateral damage? So, after the appropriate time needed, or allowable time you have at your disposal for you to rest and recover, evaluate the potential and probable impact on your life so that you can make any adjustments or plans for what is to come next.
Changes you initiated and achieved may come with more responsibilities. If that is the case, then acceptance of the new responsibilities, whether on a personal basis or professional one, is in order. However, if a change has happened, such as the loss of a job, the ending of any relationship, a health crisis, or the death of a loved one, acceptance may be more difficult and may take a bit longer to achieve. No matter if the change was a good or difficult one, you will need to come to terms with your circumstances, rise to the occasion, and accept what has occurred and all it entails.
Whatever change has happened, it is always good to make a plan in relation to the change. Planning can help you maximize any benefits of a change for the better, or minimalize any detrimental fall-out from a major negatively impactful change. Assess what has happened, and then depending on the circumstance, plan the best and most effective management of any changes you experience.
Life is dynamic. Just as change is happening constantly in your internal physiology, so too there is change happening constantly externally all around you. Like the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tide to shore, life brings changing flow to you and from you. Life ends when all change for you ceases. So, if you know that change, good and difficult, will be a part of your entire life, utilizing these tips will help you over the years. Know that after a major change, it is okay to take a rest, beneficial to evaluate its impact, more bearable when you can process and resign its acceptance, and intelligent to plan for maximum benefit or minimal damage.
Of course, the events, circumstances and specifics of the changes over your lifetime vary and are unique to you. But by utilizing some or all of these tips as it suits your situation each time, it may make any difficulty, fear, or overwhelming adjustments, whether due to a positive or negative change in your life, more manageable.
Wishing you health and living your best life.