A common complaint is that we find ourselves fearing change, even if we know it is best for us or that it brings possibility. Coming out of our shells or experiencing something new can often be terrifying and uncertain, but it is better for us to face change head-on rather than avoid making constructive changes in our lives.
Why do we Fear Change?
There are some obvious reasons why as humans, we feel vulnerable at the thought of change. When we are settled and comfortable within our environment or state of mind, we can find the prospect of this being altered or tampered with a threat. Even though there may be no real threat, this is a good way of feeling. We must aim to move past it to succeed at what we so desire to. There are several methods for coping better with a fear of change.
Other times, we have real-world experience in our change, and the possibility of seemingly regressing into a period of transition can scare us. We must learn to cope with both the challenge of facing potential adversity and dealing with people and situations that have caused us harm to understand why we fear the change and the likelihood that our fear will result in a real problem.
How can we get better at Coping with Change?
We must embrace the fact that often we will be out of our comfort zone. To succeed, we must explore new avenues and try new things. We will not always be uncomfortable doing something we are not already well-versed in, but it allows us to grow. Do you think successful people are naturally adept in their chosen skills? Most of the time, success comes through patience and hard work, which requires wading unknown waters. It helps to approach change with the knowledge that it often gives us a chance to gain something great.
Search for optimism. When you think about the change occurring in your life, it is unlikely that it is terrible news. What are the possibilities that something good, or even great, can come out of the change we are making? Sometimes the change we want to make is wholly good, even though we fear it. The reality is, we cannot always trust our fear; we must look at the validity of the situation to analyse whether it is genuinely fearful or not.
Acceptance is imperative. Without the belief that we can face whatever comes, we will most likely cringe at the prospect of hardship. We need to learn to accept our circumstances. We are unlikely to meet our fear if we do not get that the change needs to happen or will happen. A bit of realism goes a long way.
Not only is guided meditation a great anxiety reliever, but it also enables you to process thoughts with clarity, as opposed to the difficulty we often feel in detaching anxiousness from our rational ideas. When we see with clarity that we are not feeling fearful for a valid or helpful reason, we can use this to assess why we feel this way through guided meditation’s capacity to improve self-knowledge. As you can see, guided meditation has multiple helpful aspects that enable us to improve our fear of change through rational thinking and detachment from the anxious thought processes that cause us to spiral into anxiety in the first place.