As The Seasons Change, So Do You
By Kim Phillips
The change in seasons signifies new beginnings for many. In many instances, it boils down to the big “C” many struggle with: change. Large or small, ripples of change in your normal routine can create or trigger stress, and leave you frazzled to the max. Since we all want to remain as balanced, healthy and stress-free as possible, follow these 5 tips for weathering change, whether this season brings small or large changes to your world.
Acknowledge and accept change. Change is inevitable and will happen with or without your consent, so go with the flow. When you hit bumps in the road, rather than throw a pity party, acknowledge and accept change and keep moving forward.
Assess your priorities. Take time out to really note what your priorities are for the next 3 months and pick a pal to check in with who will keep you on track and let you know if you are slipping. Note the difference between something that is super important and something that can be on the back burner for a bit and do what you can with what you have, where you are.
Define clear-cut goals and actions. Make a list of your goals and what you can do to reach them this season. Writing things out and planning in steps makes things more manageable.
Utilize your support system. You have more support than you may think. Friends, co-workers, family, neighbors, gym pals, social media contacts…the list is endless. Reach out to others and don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s someone to vent to or a mentor who can guide you, help is always available.
Find your Zen. Always make time for things that relax and center you. Whether it’s a yoga class, coffee with a friend, a long car ride to clear your mind or a weekend getaway, make time! Re-discover the things that ground you and make it a habit to work a few into your schedule on a regular basis.
Whether the changes you are facing this fall are as small as a change in your wardrobe or as large as recovering from the death of a loved one, these tips will assist you in staying grounded and as stress-free as possible while navigating through change.