Change is inevitable. Just as the seasons are preparing to shift, whether it is good or bad, change is on the horizon. Why do we still spend our energy trying to avoid it? One reason is change is uncertain, and in some situations, we can’t control it. Even a minor shift in our routine can make us feel overwhelmed by life. In our ever-changing world, being able to cope can lower our risk for anxiety and depression. Here are a few suggestions that can help improve your resilience.

Positive Thinking
When thinking of change, focus on how you have been resilient in the past. Recall how you’ve handled a transition let it empower you to manage any future change. Embracing challenges as growing opportunities can build resilience. Consider the Benefits & Employee Wellness “Working with Positivity” course to grow your ability to see the world through a more positive lens and improve your stamina for change.

Evaluate Your Priorities
We all have responsibilities and deadlines. We tend to attribute stress to the difficult things like financial struggles, work, relationship difficulties, bosses, and too many meetings. By employing a few skills at assessing your daily tasks, you can refocus your energy on managing stress and building a strong sense of well-being.

Be in the Present
Trying to fix events out of your control may lead to worry and negative thoughts. Realizing that you cannot control the future or change the past can reduce stress in your life. Getting in tune with your body by using breathing techniques can assist you in focusing on the present.

If life’s changes are more difficult than you feel you can handle, talk to family or friends who are going through relatable situations and if you need professional assistance, lean on the UNM mental health resources to support you.