Coping with Change

changing chameleon

May as well call ourselves chameleons with all this change that is about!

Let’s face it, pretty much everyone will be tackling change and uncertainty at this point in time - and what a crazy time it is!

Also (side note), chameleons are great at adapting to their new environment and surroundings... we could definitely take a leaf out of their book. They don't complain, they just change and keep moving.

One of the biggest things is to acknowledge that things are changing. And you know what? Change can be a good thing!

A lot of business owners that I know have used this time to concentrate on perfecting their systems and processes, working on their marketing plan and restructuring the business as needed.

Here are a few tips I have for you whilst in this time of transition:

  1. First of all, you want to acknowledge that things are changing (yes I know - I already said this - hopefully, it sinks in). Life as we know it is changing to keep us safe. More and more businesses and people are working from home. Things are changing and that’s ok.
  2. Ask yourself how much you can control. There are things you can control like how you react to certain situations, what you can do. And then there are things you can’t control such as the weather. If you’re really struggling it may help to make a list of things you can and cannot control.
  3. Celebrate the success… look at the positives (you know, silver linings and all that jazz!) And stay optimistic.

I recently wrote a list of everything that was getting me down, then finished off with everything I’m grateful for. I’m going to share this with you below.

Here’s my "urgh" list:

  • Feeling frustrated and stressed about keeping up with my children’s education when they’re already behind the ball game (they are in a language development school).
  • Trying to keep up with the housework amongst all the chaos
  • Worrying about my husband's work and career (he’s been dealing with a back injury for 12 months)
  • Limiting my contact with my parents because my Dad is undergoing chemotherapy and has a compromised immune system
  • Not being able to travel to see my in-laws on their farm due to travel restrictions (they live 3 hours drive away)
  • Juggling work priorities and business stuff between the kids –educational, emotional and physical needs (shout out to all the Mumma’s out there right now!)

Right! So, after I wrote that list out, I told myself “hold on, I’ve got so much to be grateful for”:

  • I'm grateful that my husband is home with us for 'we don't know how long but it'll be a while yet'...
  • I'm grateful that I have time to train my dog and I can also share this time with my daughter who’s just signed up to be a dog handler
  • I am grateful that the kids are happy and healthy
  • I am grateful we got to buy some more toilet paper yesterday (lol)
  • I am grateful for the time I'm getting to spend with the kids and not having to run them around every morning and afternoon.
  • I am grateful for sleep-ins!

While I know change can be stressful and it’s important to be able to deal with that stress, it’s not all bad. Be optimistic, reach out if you need and remember...

Together we grow and succeed!

 

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