All of us face change in our life. Sometimes we love it, look forward to it and enjoy the preparations that are involved in making it happen. On other occasions, change can be very distressing. Usually occurring without warning, we are usually unprepared for it. We can feel quite disorientated when we do not expect change. It can produce physical reactions we may feel we have little control over.

change is inevitable

Facing unplanned change with a prepared mind helps to reorientate life even when it is out of our control. If we accept that change is inevitable, we see the sense in thinking about and preparing to deal with it well.

plan and prepare for change

Taking the time to plan and prepare for change is not inviting fate, but facing reality. People who work in occupations that involve dealing with sudden unexpected emergencies, are in a state of readiness at all times. They learn to anticipate all possible scenarios by learning how to deal with them before they occur. They learn how to prevent the situation or minimize its harm, and they learn to enact certain actions when these events do occur. 

We gain valuable insight into how to prepare for change by learning how to apply their approaches to potential change. We prepare for change, or potential stresses in three ways. Firstly, the higher the risk of something happening, the more we should anticipate it likely to happen. People living in areas where there is a high risk of a natural disaster occurring, prepare for it inevitably, by preparing their surroundings each year and psychologically being ready for it.  

Psychologically preparation for change is possible. 

Although it is impossible to know what it will be like to face being a parent for example, we can prepare ourselves by reading and identifying possible areas of concern we may personally face in our new parenting role. 

Thirdly, we can learn to manage our responses and thoughts in times of minor changes and challenges. As we do this, we are providing ourselves with invaluable training. Learning how to deal with the many minor challenges and changes we face daily, will help us to develop the skills to deal with the unexpected major ones.

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