Want A Tip to Reduce Your Level of Stress? Start Welcoming Change.
“The only constant is change.” ~ Heraclitus
It’s happening all around us. In this moment, nothing is staying the same. There’s no avoiding it. That would be like trying to avoid breathing oxygen.
How do you deal with change? Do you joyfully embrace it? Completely pretend it is not happening? Or do you do what you can to put it off as long as possible, but accept it when you have no other alternative?
Change can be related to as one of the most positive forces in your life or that thing that comes and disrupts any sense of routine and comfort you have gained. When you accept change you are in the driver’s seat and can have input on the process. Keeping your personal power intact alleviates stress and gives you some control over the change.
Take your health, for example. If you found out today you are allergic to one of your favorite foods, it is not going to go over well at first. If you chose to ignore it, you would continue to experience the symptoms of the allergy which would deteriorate your health over time. However, the sooner you accepted it and embraced it, the sooner you would look for alternatives or new favorite foods to fill the gap. By accepting the change, you take control of your health and happiness and minimize any stress you experience in the process. Rather than dwelling on the loss, think of the new level of ease and health you are going to experience.
I saw a post on Facebook recently that read, “If five years from now everything in your life was the same, you’d be upset.” Isn’t that the truth! Now, there is some change we instigate and some that just happens, but all change can lead to growth, wisdom and a full life.
Think of the changes that are coming your way in the near or distant future. If any of the changes you think of cause you to feel tension or unease, think of all the reasons you would choose to go through it. That’s right, think about choosing it, as if you signed yourself up for this change many years ago. This may not be an easy exercise for you, and all the more reason you will want to do it. There is freedom and ease on the other side of this exercise, so go get it.
Do you agree? Do you not agree? Did you try the exercise? As always, I would love to get your feedback! Leave a comment below and let’s start a discussion.