8 Helpful Ways to Deal with Unexpected Life Changes


Life is full of surprises and we need to find ways to deal with its changes, especially with the unpleasant ones! Sometimes positive changes can also be stressful: organizing a wedding, or dealing with first-time parenthood. Check out a few helpful ways to deal with unexpected life changes.

1. Think about advantages

It may seem that unexpected changes are negative and worrying. But there is always a bright side. Last year I was sent abroad by my company for a few years, and I didn’t want to leave my family and friends, and I was so disappointed. But I realized that an increased salary could allow me to save up for a car and a house. Just think only about advantages and you’ll feel much better!

2. Find your inner strength

Another helpful way to deal with unexpected life changes is to find your inner strength. You are much stronger than you think. Tell yourself you can do it and you will definitely do. You are a strong woman and you can cope with whatever life throws at you. It’s very important to believe in yourself!

3. Learn to be flexible

Another important way to deal with unexpected changes is to learn how to be flexible. We’re creatures of habit, and most of us don’t like any changes. However, strictly sticking to the one way of doing and seeing things makes it even harder to cope with changes. If an unexpected change occurs in your life, accept it and change the situation, if possible.

4. Seek advice from other people

Don’t be afraid to ask other people for advice. Maybe they have some experience of the same situation and come up with a perspective that you haven’t even considered. Talking to someone can help you to see the situation more clearly and cope with it.

5. Move on

It can be extremely difficult to deal with changes that you haven’t instigated. For instance, divorce has a big emotional impact, but when the shock fades out, you begin to move on. Often we haven’t chosen what happened, and moving on is the only thing we can do. But this can help you to become stronger.

6. Focus on the future

You’ll never be able to cope with the life changes if you get obsessed with the past. Instead, look to the future and try to make it better than you’d otherwise have had. Even if you want, you cannot change the past, the only thing to do is to learn from it and focus on the future.

7. Give yourself the time

Maybe you need a mourning period to deal with life changes that have happened. You may happily move house, but still wonder whether you’ve done the right choice in giving up your old house. It’s important to give yourself the time to adjust and move on.

8. That’s life

Often simple acceptance can help you to deal with changes that happen. Life doesn’t always go your way. The stress can often come from being cross and worrying about the situation. That’s life… Just try to see the changes as something that you have to cope with.

Changes can be tough and stressful. And since they’re an inevitable part of life, we’d better learn how to cope with them! What have been the most unexpected changes in your life, and how did you deal? Do you have any tips? Share your thoughts, please!