“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of the greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t” Henry Ford
So many people and organisations are facing extraordinary times of continuous and tremendous change at the moment; budget cuts, restructuring, redundancy, increased workloads and more. Any or all of the following can help you to mitigate anxiety, stress as you transition through or arrive at a period of change.
- Be aware that there are stages in the adjustment process that may include shock, denial, resistance, anger, sadness and, finally, acceptance of change.
- Accept that the adjustment process may include elements of loss, uncertainty, confusion, intense emotions and feeling out of control.
- Remember that you may go through the adjustment process faster, slower or differently than others. Do not judge yourself or others for how you are progressing.
- We cannot control many of the things that are happening today. Accept that you cannot control everthing – let go of trying.
- Establish short-term goals for yourself – to accomplish them will give you an increased sense of confidence and control.
- Control what you can and take appropriate action in areas where you do have control or influence. For example, how you interact with/manage others.
- Avoid making other significant changes in your life at the same time as other major changes at work, if possible.
- Maintain or enhance well being strategies – good nutrition, sleep, exercise, relaxation, time with friends and family, and time for yourself. Mindfulness has been clinically proven to reduce stress.
- Talk to others. Find people you trust to discuss what is happening and your feelings.
- Seek information and resources. Only consider evidence (not gossip of supposition)
- Eneavour to remain calm in the face of major news and recognise that things can change from day to day. Just because you didn’t hear it before now does not constitute a conspiracy – there is a fine balance between giving out information that will take place in reality and presenting every iteration of what is happening.
- Think back to other difficult times in your life and how you managed to get through them.
- Maintain your integrity – periods of change do not define you as a person and when all this is over, you will retain your reputation.
- Maintain your respect for others. During difficult times people are invariable not always going to be at their best. Being helpful to others will make you feel better and enhance your support system.
- Work at keeping your sense of humour and finding opportunities to laugh and have fun.
A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke