Recently I have felt a wave of energy moving at a rapid pace. I don’t know about you but feel like things are changing a lot and like my world has gone a bit upside down. But that is all part of life.
As much as we humans like to conform to the ‘norm’ and not face change, sometimes it is a necessary part of life to grow and develop. To challenges one’s self and take the leap of faith requires a lot of courage and sometimes it leads us to have to change from what we know and our comfort zone.
But change can bring some positive cognitive behavioural responses:
- Improves self-esteem
- Mood booster
- Psychological resilience
- More social awareness
- Increased capability to offer support to peers
Our biological systems have adapted to want to remain in homeostasis- a state of equilibrium within the body. However, when we go through change, we release stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline). Our bodies react to stress from the chemical changes due to behavioural responses of worry, anxiety and fear. It is scary and fearful doing something that you do not know the outcome of, but the reward usually outweighs the disappointment of not doing it. Below are some example pictures of when I ‘felt the fear and went for it anyway’ to push myself and become the best version of myself.
Here are some of my top tips that I use when I am faced with new challenges. I hope this will help you:
1. Acknowledge that things are changing and to be aware- why are you feeling this way? What advice would you give your friend/family member if they were going through what you were?
2. Allow all emotions to surface – good and bad – then write them all down all the positive that will come from this experience and process through each one.
3. Try to speak to a trusted friend or family member about what you are going through – they may have some extra tips.
4. Eat healthily– it is easy to spiral to junk food or get hooked on caffeine when we feel nervous about the change, this will actually do more harm than good.
5. Exercise – this will be a good way to channel all of that extra adrenaline that is running through your body and give you more clarity.
You got this!
Let’s live our best lives. 😊
“Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” Mandy Hale