From major decisions to small acts of transition, change is all around us.
If change is part of our reality that is always evolving, growing and expanding, why do some people find it so hard?
Losing control, fear of the unknown, safety in routine comes up around the discussion on change. Starting a new job causes all sorts of anxiety for some. Bringing a baby into the world can also cause a lot of fear to rise to the surface.
Every person is wired differently with varied experiences and beliefs that can carry them into the great unknown with ease or with anguish.
The good news is that we have the power to decide if we want to release those limited beliefs that keep us locked in sameness.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a routine or being content in the same job for 30 years. Change can come by way of a family bereavement or the loss of a marriage. Starting over with such a void or absence can cause real deep rooted anxiety and trauma. The person must allow themselves to sit in that change and feel all they need to feel.
After time it’s okay to embrace something different in small manageable sizes. Everyone’s change can be measured in different ways.
Writing for wellbeing can be one of the gentlest ways to step forward and explore new possibilities.
The pen to paper act is a companion of sorts and requires no pressure or performance. Think of it as a gentle handshake from a stranger.
Navigating Change is an expertly designed 4-week wellbeing course led by wellness practitioner and researcher, Kate McBarron. It provides a step by step comprehensive guide to writing about change and viewing it from different perspectives. Here’s a short exercise from the popular short course to get you started…
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
- Reflect on the quote above as you think about a change you are facing at the moment. What would you like your new beginning to be? Use your imagination!