This is our third week talking about change and it’s inevitability in our lives. We discussed Step 1 Acceptance and Step 2 Mindset in previous weeks. This week I want to talk about the role of compassion in a season of change and upheaval.
Change often brings uncertainty, fear, and doubt. In moments like these, it is so important to show ourselves compassion. Compassion is defined as a sympathetic concern for the suffering or misfortune of others. However, it’s just as important to show ourselves the same level of care and understanding during times of change.
So how do you do that? Well…here are a few tips:
- Acknowledge Your Feelings: It is not only okay, but totally natural, to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or scared during times of change. It’s important to acknowledge and accept these feelings instead of pushing them away. By doing so, you can better understand your emotions and take steps to manage them.
- Practice Self-care: Self-care is vital during times of change. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, getting some sunshine, and time to do things you enjoy. This can help you stay grounded and centered during the transition…and these things are essential to keep you from bottoming out.
- Celebrate Small Wins: Change can often feel like a never-ending process. Celebrating small wins along the way can help you stay motivated and positive. Whether it’s completing a task or reaching a milestone, take the time to acknowledge that you are a rockstar in this change!
- Be Kind to Yourself: That mean voice in your head is NOT helping. So tell it to hush and be kind to yourself. Treat yourself how you would treat a friend dealing with change. Don’t judge yourself too harshly for mistakes or setbacks. Remember that change is a process, and it’s okay to take things one step at a time.
- Seek Support: Sometimes, we need a little extra support during times of change. Remember that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
If I can help to soften the circumstances and provide some perspective around change, practice #5 and reach out. I’d be happy to help you with some transition and transformation coaching. Either way…remember to be patient and kind to yourself during this process, and know that you have the strength to overcome any challenge.