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Prep for Change: Mental Health Tips That Last

By Genevieve Cunningham

Everything changes all of the time. We’re always aging. We’re always growing. Jobs change. We move. Change is going to happen … that’s the only thing that will never change. Even though we are surrounded by this change all of the time, it’s really tough to deal with. It can bring a great deal of anxiety and worry. When big changes happen, things such as jobs and death and family expansion, it’s important to stay on top of your mental health. This is a time when many see a shift in their perspective, which if not handled accordingly, can cause long-term mental health struggles. If you have a big change coming in your life, check out these tips for staying mentally strong through it all.

Take Control of Yourself

You can’t always control the things around you. In fact, you can very rarely control the things around you. But, you can control yourself and your actions and your own emotions. When change is happening, let it. Go about your normal routines doing all of the things that keep you feeling like yourself. Continue your workouts. Continue visiting friends and loved ones. Continue the rituals and routines that make you feel like you. Very soon, you’ll be able to incorporate new routines, but for now, doing the things that you actually have control over may help you deal with the change.

Ask for a Little Help

In almost every situation, someone else has already done it. Moving out for the first time? Ask your parents. Having a child? Ask your parents. Lose a loved one? Ask a friend or family member who has already been through it. Seeking out the wisdom of others can help you gain insight on what to expect, how to deal, and help you grow as a person as well.

Find the Good

In almost every change, there is something to be celebrated. If you’re moving, go check out your new city and meet some new people. If you’ve lost someone, be grateful for those loved ones still around you. Spend time with them and cherish the moments. Whatever change is happening, look for the silver lining and accept the tough times that inevitably come with it. It won’t be long until this change is the new norm, and you’re back to feeling like yourself again.

Change is definitely going to be a part of your life, and truthfully, you want it to be. Think about how boring life would be if everything stayed the same forever. But, it’s still tough. Use these tips to manage yourself, your emotions, and your mental health through your moments of change, and come out stronger on the other side.

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