It’s important to have a positive mindset when faced with big life changes.
As scary as they may be, life changes are good for you (and me!)As scary as they may be, life changes are good for you (and me!)
Later this month, I’m moving from Florida to California—all the way across the country!
I’ve wanted to move to Cali for the past two years. I’ve been a Florida girl all my life, so I’m ready to live somewhere outside the Sunshine State.
To be real, I’m absolutely terrified. I have a few friends in California, but I don’t know that many people out there. I’m transitioning into an exciting stage of my life, but it’s scary at the same time.
I’ve learned that it’s important to maintain a positive mindset in the face of change. After all, change is simply moving forward.
You can’t ever go backward in life. That’s not how it works. As long as you focus on making positive changes in your life—no matter how scary they are—you will continue to grow and find success.
In today’s post, I have some tips on how you can stay positive when things are changing. It’s common to feel fearful of new and different circumstances. My tips will help you conquer that fear and turn it into excitement.
Here are 8 ways to view life changes with a positive mindset.
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Focus on all the positive things that come with change.
If we’re honest, not all change is positive. Some changes might cause you pain. For example, if you get fired from your job, you might feel inadequate or like a “failure.” (You shouldn’t believe either of those things, though!)
It doesn’t matter whether the change is “good” or “bad” in your mind—there’s always a silver lining. Many entrepreneurs say that getting fired from their 9 to 5 jobs was the best thing that ever happened to them. They were able to pursue their own business ventures after getting laid off.
Change is an inevitable part of life, so embrace it and focus on the good!
Consider writing down all the positive aspects of change you can think of. Writing statements down will affirm them in your mind. The saying “when one door closes, another one opens” is so true.
Change brings a plethora of new opportunities for you to take advantage of. You just have to maintain a positive mindset to find them!
Take life changes one step at a time.
Making too many changes at once can be very overwhelming.
If you can, try to focus on one lifestyle change at a time. That way, you can fully work through your fear and other negative emotions you might experience as a result of the change.
A little progress every day will add up to big results. When you work through changes at your own pace, you will grow as a person while protecting your sanity.
Understand that it’s normal to be afraid of change.
I can’t even describe how apprehensive I am about my upcoming move. All I can do is work hard and have faith that things will work themselves out.
Even though I’m scared AF, I understand that fear is a normal reaction to change. And it’s the same way for you! Even though you’re afraid, it doesn’t mean you’re doing the wrong thing.
Getting out of your comfort zone is an important part of personal development. Don’t give up on something just because it makes you uncomfortable!
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Allow yourself to work through your feelings.
Don’t bottle up your emotions—that’s a mistake I’ve made for most of my life. Acknowledging your fear is the first step to conquering it.
Instead of ignoring your feelings or pretending they don’t exist, allow yourself to fully feel them and work through them. Cry it out if you need to. Do something creative to express yourself.
It’s important to have some kind of release for your emotions so they’re not continuously building until you burst.
Create a new routine for yourself.
When I get to Cali, the first thing I’m going to do is establish a routine for myself. With all the other emotions running through my head, the last thing I need is a chaotic lifestyle. And when I’m in a great routine, I always wake up with a positive mindset because I know exactly what’s to come.
For example, my weekday routine might look something like this:
- 4:00 a.m. Alarm goes off (yup, I’m an early bird!)
- 4:30 a.m. Have a quick pre-workout snack
- 5:00 a.m. Go to the gym
- 6:30 a.m. Eat breakfast
- 7:00 a.m. Get ready for my day
- 8 a.m. to noon Work!
- 12:00 p.m. Eat lunch
- 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. Work!
- 6:00 p.m. Adulting and self-care time!
- 8:00 p.m. Bedtime
If you’re going through big transitions in your life, I suggest you establish a routine so you have something that stays constant even when everything else is changing. It will give you (at least some) peace of mind.
Practice self-care regularly.
Changes can be emotionally taxing, and that’s why it’s extra important to establish a self-care routine and stick to it.
Self-care simply means making time to take care of your mind, body, and soul, no matter how busy you get. There are many ways you can practice self-care—it could be something as simple as flossing your teeth every evening, or it could mean treating yourself to a new dress you’ve been wanting.
If you feel overwhelmed in the face of change, plan a mental health day so you can give yourself a break.
Self-love is also an important part of self-care. If you don’t love yourself, it’s difficult to have a fully positive mindset in life.
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I really like workbooks because they allow me to work through my feelings on paper. When my mind is cluttered, I like writing my thoughts down because it’s almost like I’m getting them out of my head.
The Self-Love Workbook will help you conquer feelings of low self-esteem, dwindling confidence, and hatred of yourself. It’s like a guided journal, except with little worksheets instead of prompts. You will dive deep into your emotions and face them. After completing the workbook, you’ll have a better understanding of yourself at the very least.
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Rely on your support system when needed.
I’m a firm believer that we can’t do everything by ourselves. When I was younger, I used to think I could get through life without relying on anyone else, but I later realized how valuable it is to have a good support system.
You should always be your own biggest supporter. But if you need a shoulder to cry on, there is absolutely nothing wrong with calling a close friend or family member to vent to.
It’s crucial to maintain healthy relationships with the people in your support system. Make sure you give just as much as you take. It’s a balance!
Remember that negative feelings are only temporary.
Negative feelings always pass with time, if nothing else. If you feel stuck, just remember that you won’t be in a rut forever. There are always opportunities to improve your life, no matter how hard things get.
Change is difficult and scary, but you will get through it! Just do your best to take care of yourself and find new opportunities in each passing day, and everything will work out.