Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dealing with change?

Everyone I know is going through some type of change. Life changes, relationship changes, job changes and even health changes. Many of us are caring for our kids, our parents and ourselves. Are we ready for this?

While some head straight in, with no fear, many of us are afraid of anything and everything around the corner.

I’ve got news for us, “Change, it is a coming” and we need to learn what it’s going to take to deal with it.  How do we look at this as the next big adventure, instead of the next big headache?

How do we take care of ourselves and everybody else? I used to have a shirt that said, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” Isn’t that the truth? Now taking care of myself is something I try to do and taking care of others has become my passion. Working in healthcare for over two decades has been a blast. And well, I have realized that it is never too late to start taking care of yourself and improving your quality of life too.

But dealing with change is difficult, especially when dealing with a loved one that is facing a life challenge.
When faced with a challenging life change, here are 4 simple things we can try:
  1.  First breathe. It sounds simple, but it’s not. Stop. Find a few minutes to yourself, and breathe deeply and slowly to calm your nerves and give your body extra oxygen for this change.
  2. Don’t fight the inevitable. Life changes, we know this, but when it happens to us we can shut down and take no action. Take action. Stay in motion.
  3. Ask for help. There is no shame in asking for help. Pride and ego have no place here.  Utilize your strengths and acquire your weaknesses by bartering or buying needed assistance.
  4. Do something new. Start creating your own change and embrace the adventure! Why not be a change maker, instead of a change hater?

It’s often said that people do not like change. I say, “Bah, humbug”. We are destined for change; we embrace it and defeat it daily. We simply need to remind ourselves of the challenges we have overcome.

We need to remind ourselves of how far we, our families and friends have traveled in this great opportunity of life. We need to look to our faith, our foundation, to remind us that change is a part of life.

With every challenge we face and overcome, we build strength for others and ourselves. Together, we can do this!

If my family can ever help yours, please let me know.  We’ve dedicated the rest of life to it. 

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