How to Cope With Change

Even positive change in our lives can often feel upsetting to us.

This is because our once familiar and comfortable way of life may soon look different.

We’re put out of our comfort zone, which makes it harder to deal with change. And when stress becomes overwhelming, it can affect our mental health.

How to Cope With Change

Why Am I Struggling With Change?

The most common cause of fear of change is anxiety. Everyone feels some level of anxiety from time to time, some of us more than others.

People that are suffering from anxiety issues often struggle with uncertainty and unpredictability, both of which are usually a normal part of any major life transition or adjustment.

Why Do I Get Upset When My Routine Changes?

As change happens, our routines are disrupted. We suddenly have to adapt as we’re pushed further out of our comfort zone.

The stress these changes may bring can feel overwhelming to us at times. It can have negative effects on both our physical and mental well-being.

What are Some Ways to Cope With Change?

  • Acknowledge that things are changing.
  • Realize that even good change can cause stress.
  • Keep up your regular schedule as much as possible.
  • Exercise.
  • Seek support.
  • Try to eat as healthily as possible.

Why is it hard to break routine?

It’s difficult to stop doing the same things we’ve always done, mostly because we’ve always done them.

Routine is a powerful tool to reinforce both good and bad habits, long-standing and new.

The more regularly you do something, the more likely you’ll stick with that behaviour over time.

Is it Normal to Be Afraid of Change?

Humans are naturally wired to fear change for several evolutionary reasons. However, a fear of change may be even more intense when the change is not within a person’s control.

What is The Root of Fear of Change?

Our fear of change can stem from our childhood experiences, familial views, personal outlooks, current conditions, and even just the way people are programmed.

How Do I Stop Being Anxious About Change?

  • Hold onto some of the things you’re used to.
  • Voice how you feel to friends or family.
  • Look after yourself physically and emotionally.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Don’t expect stability.

Is Routine a Part of OCD?

We all have habits and routines in our daily lives, like brushing our teeth before bed.

However, for people with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), excessive repetitive behaviour gets in the way of their daily lives. Most people with OCD know that their obsessions and compulsions often make no sense, but they can’t ignore or stop them.

How Long Does It Take to Adjust To a Routine?

On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behaviour becomes automatic.

But how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances.

Final Thoughts

The way we think about change plays a major role in determining how well we’ll deal with it. Negative thinking patterns can undermine our ability to focus on the positive.

When negative thoughts bring us down, try re-framing your thoughts to see the potential positive outcome the change could bring.

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Sources and other reading:

The Psychology of Dealing With Change

What Is Some Good Advice?

How to Find a New Career

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