How to Handle Life’s Changes

The Challenge of Change

As Fall approaches, everyone is dragging out the jackets, thinking of pumpkin everything, and waiting for the leaves to change. The new season brings change. Some people love it as I do. Others just hate the cooler weather and dread every day until spring comes back around.

Many are facing a new season in their life. This new season more than likely is not one of your makings. Some are having to move into assisted living. Some are having to move back home with their parents. Some are faced with life alone due to the loss of a spouse. Some might be the adult child dealing with all of these situations. Any of these new seasons are either embraced, fought, dreaded, or ignored. How you deal with them will often resemble the outcome.

Ignoring the season does not make it go away. Just like Fall, it still comes around every year about October here in Missouri. You can get away from it by moving away but Fall still occurs like clockwork. Often moving away is not an option for people when they are faced with a new season in their life. Decisions have to be made that are not easy and often scary, embarrassing, or inconvenient.

My husband dreads Fall each year. He hates it because he knows it will bring him even more evil winter. By dreading it so much he often fails to find the positive aspects of Fall. Who can’t enjoy the beautiful trees, the hotdog roasts, and the apple butter? Sometimes when a new season in our life hits us, instead of dreading it, we would be better to focus on the positives rather than the negatives.

Embracing Life’s Changes

By embracing the changes in the seasons of our lives we can face the obstacles with more of a “glass half full” attitude. Why is this important? Expecting good things to happen will lead to taking actions that produce positive results. Expecting only more bad stuff to come your way will keep you from doing the very things that might have minimized or avoided just that! Research has shown that optimists are happier and healthier.

6 Tips on How to Tackle Change

  • Start your day with a positive goal
  • Do something outside your comfort zone
  • Reframe your problem as an opportunity
  • Avoid people that just drain your energy
  • Find the humor in even the most unfunny situations
  • Force yourself to get some exercise

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