The Career Coach is In

Dealing with change Pt. 2


I have a really hard time dealing with all of the changes going on in my life, not only the professional ones, but the personal every day changes. Any tips on how to deal with change better?


In addition to my thoughts in Part 1, I suggest the following five strategies for managing change successfully.

1. Take care of your body. Eat well, sleep well and refrain from harmful habits like smoking, excessive drinking, recreational drugs or other risky behavior.

2. Take care of your mind. Stay in the present moment by practicing deep breathing and/or meditation. Challenge your negative thinking and keep things in perspective; when the doom and gloom sets in, ask, "How important is this, really?"

3. Keep your emotions in check. Find reasons to smile and laugh, even when you don't feel like it. Funny movies, blogs or videos can help. Vent your negative feelings by exercising, banging on a drum or pounding on a pillow.

4. Treat others well. Strengthen your good relationships so you can draw on their support and work at your challenging relationships so they don't add to your stress.

5. Take charge. Be proactive and prepare the best you can for the changes that might come, but then accept the reality of the moment. Think back to other challenges that you've come through and remind yourself that everything will work out okay this time, too.

Wishing you much success and PLEASE send me your thoughts on how you deal effectively with change!


Marshall Brown

 |  September 23, 2010; 6:37 AM ET  |  Category:  Career Management , Work/Life Balance , Workplace Interactions Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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My friend has worked for government organizations all his life. He changed his job and started working for another government organization three years back and then the recession hit. His employers have elminated his position and given him another position using work reorganization as an excuse. The reasons given for this change seem vague. My friend did not change his career to end up in this new position where he does not like the work. With the recession there are hiring freezes everywhere. How should he cope?

Posted by: abcde7 | September 24, 2010 7:45 AM
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