Top 5 Ways To Cope With Big Life Changes (TWEETS/VIDEO)

Our lives are full of change. When dealing with a big change in your life such as a new job or a new spouse or other things, you must take care of yourself. Stress can really take its toll on our bodies. Here are a few things to remember, and do, during stressful times in your life:

1. Stress Can Come From Good Changes, Too

Even if the change you are experiencing is something good, there can still be stress. It is important to be kind to yourself and acknowledge that any situation can be stressful. Enjoy the good things that are happening.

2. Keep A Regular Schedule If Possible

Whenever possible, it is easier to deal with stress if you can keep your own schedule. Messing with your sleep schedule is especially difficult. It can mess up your internal clock. It can also cause more stress.

3. Write Down The Positive Things

During any rough times in your life, write down the positives. My therapist calls it a “gratitude” list. Writing down the things you are grateful for can show you how great your life is even if you aren’t feeling that way.

4. Seek Support If You Need It

Never be afraid to get help. Talk to a friend or coworker or counselor. Many companies have “employee assistance programs” to help with work-life balance. Some of those programs even offer free counseling. If you are feeling suicidal, do not hesitate to call the Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255.

5. Eat Healthy And Exercise

As always, you should eat healthily and exercise. Taking care of yourself is always important, but it is especially important for coping with stress.

Psychology Today reported:

“When change happens, a lot of us tend to reach for carbs—bread, muffins, cake, etc. This may be because eating carbs boosts serotonin—a brain chemical that may be somewhat depleted when you are undergoing change (stress). It’s okay to soothe yourself with comfort foods—in moderation.”

We all have to deal with stress in life. Make sure to take care of yourself when you do.

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