Coping With Change
Experiencing change as we get older is inevitable. Sometimes, even small events can throw us off course throughout our day-to-day lives. Major changes, such as retiring or the death of a spouse or friend, can ripple through all aspects of your life. Whether positive or negative, change can be hard.
So, what are some ways to keep change from being a setback in our lives? Big or little, changes can throw you for a loop. Here are some tips to help you stay strong when dealing with change.
A good first step is to stick to a daily schedule. A regular daily schedule can include activities such as getting the mail at a specific time or perhaps walking your dog. Keeping a written calendar can be a great way to see events you have coming up. It can also keep you focused on the positives in your life. When you keep your schedule in plain view, missing an event is one less thing you have to worry about.
Some other good ways to cope with changes in your daily life are:
- Find new hobbies or rediscover activities you used to love to do.
- Visit a community center. You may even develop new relationships.
- Keep up with your past and current friendships.
- Stay active. According to research conducted at Liberty University, exercising just two to three times a week can significantly lower your risk for depression. Always remember to check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine.
Lastly, change should be expected and embraced. You have dealt with changes all your life; expect the journey of change as life continues and embrace it!
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