Coping With Changes
Techniques for coping with change like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming and a balanced diet.
Change is stressful and insecure. Since we can't avoid changes, we must learn to cope with them. We can change our way of thinking to handle change confidently. Techniques dealing with change are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming ) and a balanced diet.
Change involves the grief of having to let go of the familiar. This brings confusion and anger, giving way to hope and fear for the future. We resist change because we have to work hard towards accepting the new. We need to consider the long term benefits of change to convince ourselves that this change is for the better.
A balanced diet provides nutrients for the brain to cope with change. Foods rich in Vitamin B boost brain power. Regular exercise promotes healthy blood circulation and releases mood-stabilizing chemicals. Having a healthy body will cope better with stress. It is useful to learn stress management methods to lower the amount of the stress hormone cortisol.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy manages change by using a combination of rational thoughts, positive self-persuasion and desensitization of your fears by gradual exposure to them. Rationalize your fear by thinking about it positively. Accept change and your fear but tell yourself that nothing will inhibit you from undergoing the change. Positive self-persuasion involves reassuring oneself with encouragement to undergo the change. It is like giving yourself prep talks to mentally prepare yourself for the change. Handle change in small doses to acclimatize yourself. Break a big change into small, minor steps for you to gradually change towards the big change. When you expose yourself to your fears, old responses will be replaced by new, positive conditioned responses to deal with your fears.
EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming ) is a psychological methods to reduce trauma. It also stimulates the brain's natural healing for the body. The steps are :
1) Think about your fear.
2) Position your finger an arm's length in front of your face.
3) Move your finger quickly from right to left.
4) Track your finger movement using your eyes for 20 times.
5) Breathe deeply and feel your emotions.
6) Repeat steps 1-5 until your fear subsides.
Coping with changes without stress gives you confidence to deal with your life. Practice a technique for coping with change regularly and you'll find yourself moving with the flow of change without stress.