by Linda-Ann Stewart
During the shutdown, many people felt unmoored, unsettled,
anxious and depressed. Many over-achievers wandered from room to room, unable
to focus on doing anything. Part of it was that their routine was destroyed,
and they didn’t know what was coming next. And part of it was that they realized
that life wasn’t going to go back to “normal.” There were going to be
changes that they would have to adjust to. Without realizing it, they were
grieving over what they’d lost, and trying to accept the changes that would become
a permanent part of their lives.
Whenever there’s a change, whether good or bad, you mourn
over what you’ve left behind. Grief isn’t just limited to the death of a loved
one. For instance, you get a promotion, but there’s a part of you that’s
yearning for the simpler responsibilities you once had. Even a smoker who quits
generally grieves over giving up cigarettes, even though they’re thrilled to
welcome their new found health and freedom.
With any change, there’s always a sacrifice. You gain
something new while you let go of something old. The
Universe always wants the best for you. But And when your new
circumstances aren’t immediately better than the old ones, your feelings of
grief increase. Those feelings can be addressed and understood.
The Stages of Grief
When you’re able to recognize what’s going on, then the
feelings can begin to move through you. It helps to be able to identify the
different stages of grief. You probably won’t go through these states in order,
and may go through one of them more than once.
1. Denial or
resistance. You feel shocked, refuse to believe that things have changed or
resist the changes that are necessary.
2. Anger. You’re
furious over what’s happened, even though you know it was no one’s fault.
You try to find ways to change the past or reduce the adjustments you must
You’re deeply sad, overwhelmed, and feel hopeless and helpless.
You come to terms with what’s happened and begin to put your life back together
in a new way.
6. Meaning. You
seek to find the lessons for you in what’s happened. This
connects you to your inner and Higher Self, and opens you up to Universal good.
The Importance of
Finding Meaning in Life’s Changes
There are always lessons to be learned from any challenge
you face. When you look for what those lessons might be, you find purpose in
what’s happened. That purpose can shift the situation from unhappy to
manageable, and possibly even positive. You’re taking control of your thoughts
about it and determining to make the best of it.
Some of the questions you can ask yourself are:
- “What do I still have that I can use to
rebuild my new life?”
- “How has the situation changed me?”
- “What do I appreciate that I have had or
- “What have I learned from this that can
help me moving forward?”
- “What good has emerged from this?”
Finding meaning in what’s happened empowers you. It
transforms the outcome of an awful situation from disabling to fulfilling. You
decide how change is going to impact you and how it’s going to help you grow.
The Universe always wants the best for me. When one thing leaves my life, something new enters. I allow myself to mourn what’s gone, while I welcome what’s new. As I uncover the meaning that the situation brings to me, I regain my power and purpose.
Watch the accompanying video, Guided Meditation to Adapt to Change.
As a vision strategist, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to to get clear, focused and on the fast track to the next level of their business. To achieve a 90-day goal more easily, sign up for her FREE comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint at www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/setyourcourse.html
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