“The only thing that is constant is change” Heraclitus

“The only thing that is constant is change” by Heraclitus

Nature and the animal kingdom are very adept when it comes to successfully adapting to change.  Within nature, seasons come and go, trees shed leaves and grow new ones and animals instinctively know what to do when winter rolls around.

There is no doubt that change itself is inevitable. Yet, most us, as humans, really struggle with the notion of change – even when it may be good for us.

It’s fair to say the last 10 years alone has presented us with phenomenal change.

Just think about the changes we’ve seen in:

  • Technology
  • Economics
  • Social & Cultural
  • World safety
  • World leaders!

This list can go on and on.

And then there’s all the change we experience on a personal level:

  • Getting married
  • Having kids
  • Buying a home
  • Getting a new job or losing one
  • Kids leaving the nest
  • Getting older
  • Death

So, is it any wonder our exposure to constant change can be, at best, very overwhelming and in the most extreme cases, debilitating?

The start of any new year brings along a fresh and determined new attitude – the new thinking goes along the lines of – ‘this is going to be the best year of my life’.

Yet, when life starts and we encounter ‘change’, we somehow forget our determination and revert to old ways.

Much has been written on how to cope with change – the internet is full of strategies, ideas and initiatives to help cope with change.

What I’d like to point out though, is that YOU are not alone when it comes to having to deal with change.

Our society today is very much a self-help one – we tend to ‘go it alone’ on many fronts.

If you are struggling with any aspect of change in your life, then it’s very likely that someone else is also having the same struggles and challenges.

I’d like to share with you some simple and straightforward ideas to cope and deal with change in your life;

  • First, we sincerely and honestly need to acknowledge that we are bound to experience some form of change in our lives – this acknowledgement mentally readies and prepares us.
  • You are not alone – when you are confronted with change and are having difficulty getting on top it, please talk with someone – this simple of act of sharing your challenge will help you see the challenge from a more rational perspective.
  • Dig deeper – ask yourself what exactly are the challenges hidden in this change – is it loneliness, security, more work etc – this level of detail will help to isolate the feelings that you can work on.

Dealing with change is not easy and equally, coping with change is not easy – yet, given that change is a certainty in life, the more prepared you are, mentally and emotionally, to deal with it, the better the chances of getting through it.

Contact us today on 02 9634 5912 to see if we can help you in any way.