In recent months, we have seen many changes, such as weather patterns on the planet creating changes in our environment unlike any we’ve seen in recent years, foreign and domestic threats and acts of terrorism, and family changes due to high unemployment rates and more expensive educational programs.  Human beings have an uncanny ability to pull together and work through times of crisis, but sometimes we have difficulty not becoming overwhelmed and stressed during our “normal” daily lives.  How do we get back on track?  How do we find our center in the midst of this constant turmoil?  Here are some ideas to consider to reduce stress while navigating the changes in your life:

First, stop and breathe.  Take a moment to regroup and get specific about exactly what is changing or what you’re overwhelmed by – often it’s not as big as you think it is. Try not to let your thoughts escalate into the worst case scenario and cloud your vision about where you are and what you can do to make a difference today. You may not be able to end world hunger, but you can create a grocery list for your own family or donate to the local food pantry. Simplify and prioritize.  If you have ten things that you feel must be done, write them down.  Choose which ones must be done now and do them first.  You may discover that some can be delegated, others can be delayed, and some can probably be eliminated.

Create rest breaks for the mind as well as the body.  I was recently introduced to Restorative Yoga which has helped me to rest both the mind and body simultaneously.  Find something that works for you.  It may mean pulling away from the detailed and focused mental activity at work and creating time for relaxed reading, meditation, or a mid-day walk.  You will notice that when you return to work, that you are more productive and feel more energetic.

Focus on the positive.  In the midst of all of the changes taking place, identify the good that comes out of it.  For example, what did you learn about your support system following a crisis?  What did you discover about yourself that you didn’t know before?  How can you keep these new-found strengths and make them permanent in your everyday life?  Visualize a positive result during a time of change or when working through a problem. Practice gratitude.  Take time to thank others who have helped you along the way.  Thank your higher power for life, health, love and the support of family, friends, and coworkers.  Acknowledge yourself for reaching out, following through, and creating positive results while navigating change.

We often hear it said that with all of life’s complexities, the one thing that we can always count on is CHANGE.  How have you learned to embrace change and use it to continue to grow and achieve what you want out of life?

With Warm Regards,