• Coping With Change

     

    Sometimes change can be a wonderful thing and at other times it can be overwhelming, especially when it is extreme and sudden. When this happens, someone may not be prepared. This can lead to fear and anxiety. Here are some ways to cope with change.

     

    • Acknowledge the situation
      • Awareness is the first step
      • You can start planning how to manage the situation
      • Can give you a greater sense of control
      • Allows you to start moving forward

     

    • Be aware of your feelings
      • Awareness is the first step to processing how you feel
      • It’s okay to have feelings and emotions
      • Try some techniques for emotion regulation if you’re overwhelmed
        • Guided meditations
        • Exercise
        • Self-patience
        • Positive self-talk
        • Slow and rhythmic breathing

     

    • Keep up with a regular schedule as much as possible
      • Routines create some stability
      • Creates structure
      • Instills good habits
      • Builds momentum
      • Helps reduce stress

     

    • Reach out for support
      • Talk to trusted friends and family
      • Reach out to your school counselor or therapist
      • Ask for what you need
      • Call a hotline if you’re really overwhelmed
      • Spend time building positive relationships

     

    • Take a break from social media
      • It can be anxiety-provoking with overexposure to upsetting topics
      • Set virtual boundaries for yourself
      • The break can boost your mental health
      • Spend more quality time with others

     

    • Give yourself some extra care
      • Surround yourself with people and things that make you happy
      • Create a space that makes you feel good
      • Do some things that make you happy. Consider these ideas:
        • Art
        • Sports/exercise
        • Sunlight
        • Healthy eating choices
        • Get some extra sleep or a nap
        • Cuddle up with your pet

     

     

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope, you may need extra support. Consider using Care Solace to connect you to a mental health provider https://caresolace.com/site/alvordfamilies/