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How to positively manage change

Updated: May 19, 2020

Life is full of changes. This could include a change of phone, a change of shoes, a change of schools, starting a new job, emigrating to a new country, experiencing the death of a loved one or being diagnosed with a serious illness.


There are many life events that will challenge us and being able to manage our reactions and emotions to these changes allow us to develop personally. This also develops our self-concept as we understand how to manage and react to certain emotions.


Change can be exciting, it can present new opportunities and sometimes it can be an enjoyable experience. However, sometimes change can bring its own challenges. For example if the change has been unplanned, such as the death of a loved or being diagnosed with a serious illness, then a person can sometimes feel out of control and can get frustrated and feel resentful at having to adjust to change.

How can a person positively manage change?


A person could:

  • research what the change may be like. For example, if moving schools or house or jobs, finding out what they are like will help to reduce feelings of anxiety and worry and help the person adapt to the change more easily.

  • enjoy the challenges and excitement of the change to see what other opportunities may happen as a result of this change.

  • talk to friends and family about how they are feeling, if they are finding the change difficult. Sharing and discussing what they feel can help a person understand their feelings, manage and work through change.

  • talk to someone who has been through a similar experience as this can be comforting to the person that all will be okay and that someone has been through this before.

  • seek professional support, by speaking to a GP, if the change is causing emotional health problems such as anxiety or stress. A GP could advise on the appropriate steps to take to help the person.

  • try to accept change through listening to music, exercising or using other complementary therapies such as massage or reflexology which could help the person relax and not be so anxious about the change.


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