5 Ways to Deal with Change and Uncertainty

How to cope with transitions in life

Whether you like it or not, your life is in a constant state of flux. Some people welcome change and roll with it, while others get anxious and stressed. Since there's really no way to stop it, it's better to figure out the best ways to deal with change and uncertainty in a positive way. Here are five ways to make the best of change:

Embrace changes as opportunities for growth

If our lives remain changeless for too long, they become stagnant. Sometimes being shaken up is a good thing. For example, losing a job or a significant other might be viewed as a loss of stability, or a loss of something familiar. But the truth is that that kind of change, or loss, can lead to something better. Remember the saying: When one door closes, another one opens. Just be sure to be on the lookout for that other door.

Don't be afraid of new people or situations

If you're always suspicious of meeting new people because of what people have done to you in the past, you'll end up missing out on the good things they have to offer. Face periods of change with an openness unhampered by excessive fear and worry.

Apply wisdom from past experiences

As you journey through life and experience new situations, you're bound to make mistakes — and that's OK! The important thing to do is take a lesson from each of those mistakes and not repeat them over and over. So, the older you get, the less daunting these periods of uncertainty should be. Apply what you've already learned to each new situation.

Think positive thoughts

According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking can result in being able to cope better with change-related stress and decreased experiences of distress. An optimist is more likely to create success in his or her life simply because optimists see more opportunities for positive outcomes and expect changes to turn out for the better. Periods of uncertainty are more difficult for pessimists not only because they expect the worst, but because they don't see as many positive opportunities as optimists do.

Be bold

Don't be too shy. Seize the day and make the most of every opportunity. Create opportunities for yourself. Ed and Deb Shapiro, authors of "Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World," say that you should take risks, because life isn't about having all the answers and knowing for sure what's going to happen tomorrow. Resting in the knowledge that nothing ever stays the same while boldly making the most of any situation, can bring a certain level of inner peace and satisfaction.

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