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5 Tips for Surviving Change

Fear is by far the most powerful emotion that humans experience. When faced with the prospect of change, people often feel scared, worried, or anxious. These feelings are natural. We all experience them, and it's not necessarily a bad thing.

But fear and anxiety can keep people from living the life they want or cause them to find that their quality of life is compromised. For example, some people are scared of trying new things, even when strong evidence support making a change. Others are afraid to make mistakes, so they stick to what they have always done, even when it no longer serves them. And still others feel like an outsider, assuming that they are the only ones who struggle with these feelings.

Change is inevitable (as we all learned over the last few years during the pandemic) and positive change requires facing your fears and trusting that the outcome will be worth being uncomfortable. Whether you've just moved to a new city, or you're facing a big decision in your life, try to keep an open mind and face your fears head-on. By facing your fears, you'll only grow stronger.

Keep these tips in mind for surviving any change:





There is no denying that change is a part of life, but by embracing the changes and having a plan, you can make them more manageable. If you find that that your stress in times of change is excessive or unmanageable, it may be a medical disorder such as anxiety or depression that is keeping you from reaching your personal goals.  Remember that a chemical imbalance in the brain looks different for everyone; getting a diagnostic evaluation is oftentimes the first step in moving confidently to embrace change in your life!

Angelo Sambunaris, M.D.

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