The world is constantly changing and we are not always in control of these changes. So it is very important for us to learn to adapt to these changes so that you can continue to thrive without disruptions to your usual routine.
We fear change at work for a variety of reasons. These fears are often associated with fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, fear of criticism and fear of the unknown. We prefer clarity and predictability, therefore change may often activate a threat circuitry in the brain. This can trigger powerful effects on our body and our emotions in the form of stress.
If you are reading this post then you are probably going through an overwhelming, possibly unexpected change. This post will show you how you can adjust to massive changes in your life.
Sometimes we get so caught up in fighting change that we put off actually dealing with it. Denial is a powerful force, and it protects us in many ways. However, stepping outside of it and saying to yourself, “Things are changing, and it is okay” can be less stressful than putting it off. The most important thing to do when change is happening in the workplace is to acknowledge it. Recognising and accepting change is one of the first steps towards managing it.
Confront Your Fears About The Changes
People often fear change because they fear the unknown. To deal with this, ask yourself ” What’s the worth that could happen?”. Go through the list of your fears regarding the change and write down what you would do if they were to happen. Taking note of this will help you realise that even the worst possible scenario might not be that bad and can really help to defuse the emotional anxiety.
Think of the Positives
To stop the fearful thoughts replace them with positive thoughts. If you dwell on the negative fearful thoughts, your mind can spiral thinking of all of the negative scenarios that could happen. It would also help to think about instances when you faced challenges in the past and how you navigated them. This will help you realise that you can get through the changes that you are currently facing.
Talking about your fears will help you face your feelings about the fear and the transition you are going through, especially when the changes are imposed and beyond your control.
Relax and Be More Flexible
Be open and flexible to new challenges and tasks to embrace these changes. Approach change with an open attitude of learning, even if you don’t like something new in the system, if you are flexible, people will want to work with you.
What advice do you have to share about adjusting to massive change? Feel free to let us know in the comments!