Growing Pains

Coping with Change
Growing Pains – Coping with Change

Change is a natural and expected part of life. People often tend to have difficulty accepting change and try to avoid it at all costs. Especially when when it comes in the form of unexpected major life change. Of course the unexpected can be hard to face, but there is a silver lining when trying to cope with change: It is through the most painful changes that we personally grow the most. The reason being is that pain places you in a zone of discomfort, a new area where you don’t really want to be. By overcoming this new discomfort though, you successfully overcome the unknown.

Coping with change is an opportunity for you to learn about yourself and life through finding a successful way to lessen the pain. The problem or issues won’t go away on their own, they need your effort to resolve them, or else they forever remain within you as a point of personal conflict. It is essential to push yourself outside of your comfort zone when you are in a new unchartered territory of your life. This pushing creates new flexibility in the way you look at the world. As you become more flexible your mind grows and matures into new directions. Creating a more defined sense of who you are. Through the process of coping with change you learn about what matters to you and what no longer does. This redefining experience allows you to learn about yourself and your needs in an extreme way.

Coping with change allows for the richest form of personal growth. Change is a pathway to self-discovery. If you make the most of the situation and really examine yourself in the process, you will come out of the experience stronger. You will be more assured of the person you are and what matters to you most. Self-discovery is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself along the pathway of true happiness. In the future, try facing new changes coming your way head on and from a mind-frame of self-discovery and growth.

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