Change is an integral part of life and for many can be a source of stress and upheaval.  The following tips are some ideas and strategies that may help you to manage change in your life. 

1.  Research and Ask Questions
One of the toughest challenges with any change is the feeling of powerlessness.  No matter what the change is, the more information you can arm yourself with the better.  Sometimes it's hard to know what it is we don't know and need to know, so talking to a friend or family member or writing down everything that is going through your mind when you think of this change will help to guide you.  The more you understand what's happening the more you will feel part of the change and better able to decide any choices that come up along the way.

2.  Get Support
Change can for many be a form of loss or bereavement. Talking things through with a trusted friend or family member can help to identify your feelings and offload any frustrations you may feel about the change.  Sometimes we need to allow ourselves time to grieve, especially if the loss or change is a significant one to us.  Grief is a process of coming to terms with a loss and can be accompanied by a whole range of emotions such as anger, frustration, denial, sadness and guilt. 

3.  Take Care of Yourself
Change can be exhausting so taking steps to take care of your physical and emotional health will really help you to get through this time.  Making sure you are getting adequate sleep, eating regular meals, taking any prescribed medication and taking care of your personal care and appearance will help to keep you healthy.

4.  Distract Yourself
Doing things you enjoy will help take your mind off your worries.  Activities such as taking part in a sport, taking up a creative hobby, listening to music, seeing friends, watching TV, spending time with pets, gardening or taking a walk and getting some fresh air are all possible suggestions.  

5.  Be Kind to Yourself
As well as keeping on top of the basics and staying healthy, be kind to yourself.  Take time to pamper yourself or treat yourself to something you enjoy.  Remind yourself that this is a tough time and you are working really hard to get through it and reward yourself for your hard work.  Learn to be your own friend and think of the kind of things you would say or do to someone you care for and try doing them for yourself.

6.  Try Not to Overindulge
Sometimes when we are stressed we reach out to activities that, in the longer term, aren't good for us.  These can include smoking, using street drugs, drinking alcohol or over eating.  Unless your doctor has advised you otherwise, remember the saying, 'everything in moderation'. 

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