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  • Writer's pictureAmba Brown

3 Tips For Coping With Change

Sometimes we aren't quite ready for change. It just happens and we're left to adapt to the differences the best we can.

For most major life transitions, like finishing high school, starting a new job or becoming a parent for the first time, it's common to need some transitioning time.

Sailing metaphor for adjusting to life changes
Adjusting to change

Big life transitions are just like sailing a boat. Often we cruise along with familiar winds for some time, but when we hit a wind change, we need to learn how to navigate the new seas.

Here are 3 ways you can adjust your sails for a smooth transition once change hits.

1. Perform a detailed check

First step is to assess all that's going on. Understand where you've been, where you are now and what the conditions are. This assessment is part of the phase of helping you let go of what was and getting your head around what is.

2. Determine the wind direction

Next, take the time to determine what the wind direction is and where you are headed. This re-aligning phase will be important to refocusing your goals and expectations for the future.

At about this point you'll want to spend as much time and energy as you can learning about the new conditions you're facing.

3. Sail your boat

Time to set sail. Remember you were already sailing, the wind has just changed. You will be ok. You will adjust - you just need to keep going, keep sailing. Even if you feel a little off balance at times - you'll get more confident and the seas won't remain this rough for too long.

You know what they say - change is the only constant. You only have to look at any weather forecast to know that storms come and go. The best thing you can do when change hits is learn how to effectively sail the new conditions that come your way.


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