Just like the seasons, change is inevitable in our lives. Sometimes change can feel exciting—especially if we feel we’re in a rut. Other times, change can feel uncertain and overwhelming.
The good news is, we are all capable of embracing and thriving with change. It may cause us to feel insecure at times, but anxiety is a normal part of moving forward successfully, and could be a good thing if it encourages you to be cautious.
Luckily, we don’t have to be defined by our circumstances—only our responses to them. Here are a few things we like to do to feel more secure when transition is happening in our lives:
Take deep breaths
It may sound too simple to be true, but sometimes taking several deep breaths can help calm or shift your mood from a bad one to a good one. Try taking 3 deep breaths and repeating an affirmation of your choice, like “My roots are strong and connecting me to security.” You can even pair a fragrance with the activity, like a sensory oil, so that when you smell the scent in the future, it inspires feelings of calm.
Find what grounds you
Spend a few moments thinking of the people, places or activities that make you feel comfortable, and most like your true self. As you work through the changes you’re facing, think back to these sources of security, and see if you can work more elements of them into your life.
Just going for a walk after dinner each night can act as stress reliever and give us a chance to think through the things that are changing in our lives. As you walk, think about how you would like to handle any uncertainty in the week, or even day ahead.
Meditation can help relieve stress and focus your mind when you are trying to figure out how to handle a change. Begin by finding a few moments of quiet, lighting a candle, and trying a body scan meditation, where you concentrate on one body part at a time—from your toes to your head. Download our meditation guide.
Write in a journal
Sometimes getting your thoughts down on paper helps calm your mind and sort through any stress. You may even realize that you are learning from the experience and it is contributing to your wisdom. Each evening, or when you have a moment to reflect, ask yourself, “What did I learn today? How can it help me moving forward?”
Because we’ve all gone through change, we all have a variety of ways of handling it. These are a few ways to get started, but we’d love to hear what helps you get through uncertain times. Share with us in the comments below—What grounds you when you’re feeling stressed about change in your life?