3 Ways to Cope with Major Change

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I dislike change, yet it’s something I deal with pretty well. I’ve experienced enough change in my life to learn how to embrace it. Last year I experienced the biggest change of my life. At the end of May I got married, went on our honeymoon, and moved to a new state in less than two weeks. My husband didn’t come with me, I barely knew three people in the new state, and I met my roommates, who I found on Instagram, in person the day I arrived at my new home. Oh, and they were expecting their first baby two weeks after I moved in, they have a big dog, and I brought my hedgehog with me. I was excited to begin my dream 4th year externship, but I was sad about spending our first year of marriage in two different states.

How do I stay centered through seasons of change? I rely on three tips I’ve developed through my experiences.

  1. Reach out to people who can help you. My husband and family keep me grounded. My roommates invite me to go places, laugh with me when I’m sad, and binge watch TV shows with me. My co-workers are also a great support system, and my counselor helps me work through the rollercoaster of emotions I feel during this journey.
  1. Get plugged into a solid community for support. I work at a school and volunteer for every event so I can build relationships with people from different departments. I was lucky enough to find a church that has become my surrogate family, and I spend most of my time with them. There are other ways to get involved in the community around you – volunteer at a youth organization, retirement community, homeless shelter, animal shelter, or other organization that aligns with your passions.
  1. Be open to the positive impacts that can result from change. When I started this journey almost 10 months ago, I knew I would be a different person by the end, but I had no idea just how much I would be impacted. My husband and I are better at communicating, I am more confident than I ever thought possible in my skills as a (future) audiologist, and I developed a relationship with Jesus, which I’ve been pursuing for almost 18 years.
Change reveals your strengths and weaknesses and challenges you to use them to grow individually and in your relationships with others. Change may be hard for you, but I promise it’s good. It’s good even when on the surface it seems bad – it may take you to a place you never wanted to go, but you will be so much stronger in the end. Here’s to embracing change!

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