There are times in my life when it seems like everything is changing. I recently started a new job and we added a new puppy to our family (which is very exciting!).
Changes like these add more daily responsibilities which often causes increased stress and anxiety. It’s a time when I know I need to pause and evaluate what I feel I ‘need’ to do every day vs. what really has to be done. Do I really need to sort through my coupons to save a dollar when I go out to eat? Do I need to organize my closet? Do I need to complete all the things I planned to do in a given day?
For someone who struggles with anxiety, adjusting to change can be very difficult causing anxiety levels to spike. I know from past experience that I need to ask for help, get enough sleep and prioritize (or de-prioritize) certain things in my life. I need to voice my challenges, talk about them and work together with my family to find solutions.
Do you pay attention to what you need when life changes for you? It’s important to recognize the impact that life changes have on you and take steps to manage your emotional well-being. Look for ways to slow down, delegate responsibilities and de-prioritize. Take time to ‘just be’ and give yourself a break. You aren’t a super hero and no-one expects you to do it all. Ask for help and pray for strength. The challenges in your life only make you stronger!