Most of us associate fear or feelings of anxiety with some kind of danger. But fear or anxiety can also be a reaction to something that simply pushes you outside of your comfort zone, and more often than not you can have these feelings without anything bad having happened. We’re talking about a fear of change.
Change, really? Why be afraid of change? Well in fact there is some sense to it. From early on in our lives routine and structure make us feel safe, confident and in control of what’s going on in our lives. When a change comes along – positive or negative, big or small, it disturbs the norm. The fear of the unknown can cause anxiety and while we can’t stop change from happening, there are things you can do to help how you respond to it:
- Get organised – The more organised you feel, the better equipped you’ll be to deal with change.
- Get familiar – Be prepared. We tend to fear that which we don’t know so why not tackle the fear by building your knowledge and familiarity with those things that make you nervous. Taking on a new position at work? Why not reach out to a friend or a family member who has been through a promotion recently and ask about how they managed the change.
- Get excited! Embrace it! – As mentioned earlier, we can’t stop change from happening so instead of hesitating or feeling nervous by it simple embrace it. It will help you adjust better and settle in quicker to the change.
- Get out – While facing our fears and anxieties is one of the best ways to overcome them, sometimes it is necessary to leave or remove ourselves from the source of our stress or anxiety. It can be just as effective to take a step back and take care of ourselves.
If your fear of change is limiting your life or causing you stress, contact a member of the Brand New Mindset team today.