While we can't always control how and when changes unfold, we do have the power to take charge of how we react to them-it begins with our thought process. Our thoughts impact our feelings, and our feelings affect our behavior. So if, for example, we tell ourselves that the change isn't manageable, then we'll likely feel powerless and probably won't take constructive actions to better cope with it. By trying to reframe and focus on something positive about the change, we'll find ourselves in a much better position to manage it. An opportunity for growth and learning can almost always be found in the midst of change.
Another strategy for successfully navigating change is to "say yes'" to the situation. This does not mean accepting that it will never change, but rather, trying to make the best of it for the time being. Resisting change tends to increase our negative feelings and ultimately only hurt us. By looking for positives in the change and seeking to control the things we can and accept those we can't, we'll feel more at peace and have an easier time adapting.
You can start today by considering a change you're facing and tuning in to your thoughts about it. Are there more constructive messages you could be saying to yourself? Work on reframing your thoughts in a way that feels authentic. Then, decide what is within your power to change, which action steps you'll take, and when you'll take them.
How will you practice navigating change this week?