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Dealing with change

YouthZoneJenna RoeGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It seems it’s that time of year where everything starts changing. It is plastered on every newspaper, written in every news story and captured in every picture. It is a transition from summer to fall. Many people feel that this is a true time of loss. We are losing the warm weather, the longer nights and the constant activity that summer brings. We are headed toward a time of icy roads, evenings that get darker much quicker and generally just a more wild time with holidays around the corner. For many, this time can be extremely stressful, and it brings about many difficult emotions. Change. It is truly the only constant in life. Personally, I usually despise change. With a recent move to this valley, my family was sure I would be unpleasant because of this life-changing move. However, I tried to really embrace this new chapter in my life. I decided that I had a choice to make: I could fight the change, have an unhappy heart and ultimately the change would still occur. Or I could embrace this new adventure, appreciating that I am alive for one more day. It was important for me to embrace this change and really make the best of my situation. Once I had made this choice, I found that I actually enjoyed the move. I enjoyed the newness of my life. There are some times when change is not as fun. A divorce, a death in the family, a move to a new school – these changes are extremely hard to deal with in life. These are the types of change that people usually dread. There is still a choice to be made when dealing with these life-altering events. We don’t always realize the impact that change has on the mind and body. Though we probably minimize most change in our life, there is always an effect. Sometimes, we feel it in our upper neck when the muscles are just a little tighter. Other times, we are filled with hope or excitement for the next journey in life. There are a few tools to remember when facing life-altering events: Eat well and avoid junk food; exercise and get enough sleep; try to think positively – this can be extremely hard depending on the situation, but positive self-talk is important and can make a big difference; try to keep to a daily routine – change can be even harder when a daily routine is interrupted; clean your personal space – it is easier to concentrate when an office or home is not messy and chaotic; keep laughing and talking – have an outlet to talk about the emotions; most of all, if you need it, ask for help.If you are facing a life change, I would encourage you to try to embrace it. However, if your family or children need help or extra support in dealing with this change, please contact your local YouthZone office. Jenna Roe is YouthZone case manager.


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