Sponsored by Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Healthcare System
Few things in life are guaranteed, but one of those things is change.
While change is inevitable, we do not always react well to changes in our life. Change can cause anxiety, sadness and other strong emotions that impact our mental health, especially if these changes alter the dynamic of our lives.
However, change does not have to be a negative experience. According to Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative with Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Healthcare, coping with change is a skill that adults and children should have in their mental health toolbox that will positively impact them.
“A lot of time in life, change can be really hard, especially for kids. One skill that they really need to learn is that life is always changing, so if they can learn to cope with change at an early age and work on it at home and how they react, it’s going to serve them well throughout their life,” she said.
For English, it is critical to be more flexible in order to cope with change. She provides four tips to mitigate the impact of change on your life and make it a more positive experience.
“Sometimes you’re able to know beforehand if the change is going to happen, and this gives you time to get ready for it,” English says. Begin solving any problems that you think might come up. English recommends talking about or writing down your feelings that are coming up about this change.
- Share Your Feelings
Talk about your feelings with a friend or an adult. This will be a healthy way to cope and is more helpful than keeping the feelings to yourself, according to English. “Even if the change is something positive, you might still feel anxious or scared or sad or even angry about it,” she says.
- Use Positive Self-Talk
It is easy to go to worst-case scenario. Instead, try to identify good things about upcoming change. When you start thinking about the changes, think about positive statements. “Try telling yourself, ‘Everything’s going to work out. We’re just going to focus on the good things that can happen because of this change.’”
Before you react to any change, stop and think about the best approach to change. English says that it can be easier to go with change than try to resist it.