As much as many of us strive to handle change with a positive attitude and determined approach, often, change has different plans. There are times when change can be predicted, allowing us to prepare in advance for it. However, there are times when change welcomes itself into our lives without any warning.
No matter how large in scale the change you are experiencing, the uprooting of our environment naturally allows evokes feelings of scaredness, loneliness, and despair.
Transitions are never easy, and are often handled differently by each person.
However, there is one thing that we can all have in common while we navigate various major life changes: Balance.
Maintaining a healthy balance in your life as you navigate your major life change will make a significant difference in your coping mechanisms. Let’s explore a few ways you can implement balance in your life.
Focus On What You Know, Not What You Don’t
As humans, it is normal to fixate on what we do not know. As we navigate through uncertain times, it is normal to become overwhelmed with what the future holds. Whether you are navigating a divorce, a marriage, a loss, health change, or any other major life change, it is common for us to fixate on the future rather than the now.
Focusing on what the future holds is an unhealthy way to direct our energy, as it stops us from being productive in the present.
Living in uncertainty is no easy feat. However, focusing on where you are in your life now and the various elements within it, will help you to focus on a balance that you have, rather than you do not.
Just because the future is uncertain, does not mean that it is bad! Offer yourself gratitude and compassion for where you’re currently at, and what you do have.
There is no right or wrong way to navigate change. Some may head into uncharted waters head-on, while others may like to stay on the beach and observe from afar. Whatever your tactic is, each is unique to you and your situation.
No matter how to choose to navigate change, it is important to implement an action plan. An action can be something as small as communicating your thoughts, or reaching out to external sources for support.
An action plan will help you to establish within your life, by alleviating some of the uncertainty you are navigating. You can make your action plan easy, by non-judgementally brainstorming some ideas and creating a reasonable deadline when 1 or 2 can be completed.
Give Yourself (and your brain) Space!
Navigating change can be strenuous on your physical and mental health. As your brain is continuously processing the emotions you are feeling, it can lead to you feeling groggy, experiencing brain fog, or not feeling as productive as you usually do.
Planning for a new job, moving houses, or even wedding planning are a few examples of significant life changes that demand high concentration.
You are only human, and humans need breaks too!
Consider stepping outside of your comfort zone and engaging in activities that disconnect you from the life change you are experiencing. Going for a walk or journaling are just two examples of activities that will help you to channel those emotions and thoughts in a more positive, less-strenuous way.
Feel Your Feelings
As much as action plans and brain breaks have a positive impact on how you navigate your major life change, sometimes we all need a good cry.
Feeling your feelings is the most authentic way to become in tune with them.
What you are physically feeling, along with what you are mentally feeling is your body telling you how it feels. Listen to it!
If your body feels physically sore, or you have been battling with brain fog the past few days, consider elevating your self-care practices to best support your body at that moment. Only you will know what is best for you, and your body will tell you what it needs.
It is often never wrong!
Find Balance with Emily
Life changes, both large and small, can impact everyone differently. There is no right or wrong way to navigate your life change, but rather, a set of tools and resources you can lean on to better help you navigate them.
Implementing balance into your life during the most difficult times, will help you to handle the change you are experiencing in a way that feels best for you.
I am simply just here to support you along the way!
If you are interested in learning more about implementing balance into your life, let’s get in touch!
Disclaimer: Emily is a board-certified health coach with knowledge and training in these areas, however, it is important to always consult your doctor to make sure any of these ideas are safe and okay for you.