Every so often, we may experience a sudden change in our life, either planned or unplanned. Eva Bennett has just published a handy guide, written very clearly and succinctly, to help you deal with the three biggest changes: relationships, redundancy and retirement (As Time Goes By; Dealing with Life’s Changes). We only have one life, and to make the most of it means having the resilience to withstand change so potentially negative events can be turned into positive ones. Sometimes that can mean stepping outside your comfort zone. Here are Eva’s tips for dealing with life’s changes:
- Set a clear, positive vision of how you want your life to be. Change your thoughts to change your life.
- Reinvent yourself. Make a list of all the things you are good at and think about how you could apply those skills.
- Don’t let fear hold you back from making changes. Ask yourself “What is the worst thing that could happen? What are the benefits if I take the plunge?”
- Give service to others as a way of maintaining social contact and helping you feel good about yourself
- Aim for a balanced life in the six key areas of work, relationships, health, leisure, finances and goals
- Practice good communication skills so you stay connected with your family and friends
- Use your money wisely
- Lighten your load by getting rid of things or relationships that drain your energy and thinking about what makes you feel more energised
- Think young and do what you love! Use diet and exercise to slow down the aging process and maintain your health.
Eva’s book gives lots more information and case studies on how to make these changes. Life is to be enjoyed now, not later. As Eva says; ‘Do it while you can because we don’t know what the future holds’.