Change is a constant in pretty much every aspect of our lives, and that includes our work lives. Often-times, this change isn’t within our control, and through no fault of our own we need to adjust. Luckily, there are ways that you can adapt to change. Here are a couple, taken from a blog post I read online:
Find the humor: Trying to find humor in any situation is a great way to both help you feel better, as well as offer a new perspective. According to humor researcher Rod A. Martin, witty banter, also known as “affiliative humor”, can improve social interaction as long as it’s both inclusive and respectful.
Talk about problems: Constantly talking about your angers, fears, and frustrations might seem like a way to cope with them, but research shows that it’s actually counterproductive. Instead, start by calling out your feelings at the outset of a change, and then look for practical advice on what to do next.
Don’t stress out about stressing out: According to one Stanford psychologist, your reaction to stress has a greater impact on your health and success than the stress itself. When you start to feel stressed, ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish with your stress. Simply getting stressed out about how stressed out you are is a deadly combination.
Values > fears: Reminding yourself what’s important to you, as opposed to what you’re scared of, can actually be a pretty effective buffer against what’s troubling you. If you keep talking and thinking about what you’re scared of, then it will build in your head. Take some time to think about what you’re thankful for and you care about the most.
Fight for the future: We might not be free from change, but we are free to decide how we respond to it. No matter what’s happened in your life, and no matter what has changed, you’re still free to react however you see fit, and control your future. If we fixate on the limitations of a specific change, we’ll get lost in worry and despair.
Don’t expect stability: As George Harrison once said, “all things must past”. Adaptive people are able to view all changes as an expected part of the human experience, and kept their eyes out for opportunities. Those who struggle with change frequently reminisce about the “good old days” instead of trying to adapt. Ultimately, adapting is a much better use of your brainpower than just reminiscing.