They say change is good. I would say that is a matter of perspective. Change is good when you are moving forward and towards something positive. Such as a new job that you are excited to start, a new home, new friends, and new adventures. However, respectively, it may also cause a lot of stress and anxiety.

Starting a new job requires you to struggle outside your comfort zone; meeting new people, learning how the company operates, and taking on new responsibilities. Moving to a new home may cause stress because of financial reasons, leaving behind your friends, and perhaps moving into a smaller space, requiring you to get rid of some of your favorite household items. It is also intimidating to be the new kid on the block, therefore, meeting new friends may be scary or feel forced. New adventures have the potential to be exciting; however, this may require some adjustments on our perspective.

Then there is the factor that we are not all alike. We all handle stress and anxiety at different levels. Although an adventure may be looked upon as fun and low stress to one individual, it may be a huge stress factor for another.

So, how can we make life changes most effectively? First, listen and ask yourself, what part of this change is causing you anxiety. Second, do your homework. What this means is prepare by giving yourself plenty enough time to prepare for the change, such as moving to a new home. Third, ask for help from family and friends when it becomes too overwhelming for you to handle. Fourth, be patient with yourself.

You are going to have a lot of emotions flying out at you, so let them come in like a wave, ride the wave, and let them go. Trying to fight off a negative feeling only makes it worse, turning the simple thought into a huge panic attack. We are in control of our thoughts; this is where perspective comes into it, keep a positive attitude. Don’t take life or yourself so seriously.

Yes, change is scary, but it is a part of life and most of the time it teaches us to grow, when we didn’t want to but needed to. And always remember, you are not alone on this journey called life.

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