Life is always changing. When life throws you changes that you like, they are usually easy to deal with and you look forward to the change. Changes that are indifferent to you are usually easy to cope with as well and you usually just go with the flow. But, how about the changes in life that you dread or that are unexpected; how do you handle those?

Job loss is probably one of the most stressful changes in a person’s life today, especially now in the US. However, by looking at the situation differently, job loss doesn’t have to be stressful.
When you are faced with job loss, try to think of it as a new opportunity; an opportunity to try something new and different or an opportunity or do something you’ve always wanted to do or love to do. Try to look at job loss as a new beginning instead of looking at is as the end.

How about moving or transferring to another area? Moving away from people you love can be very stressful and difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. If you look at it as an opportunity to stretch your horizons and meet new people, moving can be fun and exciting. However, I also know this can be difficult sometimes, especially when you love the area you live in now, or all your friends and family are here or you love your church or other organizations you belong to. Your friends and family will still be there, and you will still be able to be in contact with them through the Internet or by phone on a regular basis. And now you will be able to make more friends and perhaps a church family or neighbors will “adopt” you as their family.

Some other changes in life that tend to be stressful, but can be seen as a new opportunity are:

• An unexpected pregnancy. Obviously this can cause stress financially, emotionally, physically and mentally. However, it is definitely a new opportunity; a new opportunity to love a child and to give life. A new opportunity to make some lifestyle changes or even to give life to someone who can’t have children of their own through adoption.

• A child going off to college or moving away from home is a huge change that many find difficult to deal with. Once again, look at the opportunities available not only to you, but for your son or daughter as well. Maybe you’ll be able to downsize your home, saving you hundreds of dollars each month. Or perhaps you’ll be able to turn their room into a guest room or office that you’ve always wanted; not to mention the growth and experience they are going to gain as they grow and mature out in the world on their own.

You can either look at life changes as a new opportunity or as a stressful situation. How you choose to handle a situation will determine how much stress you’re going to allow on yourself. The choice is yours and as soon as you begin looking at life changes as new opportunities the sooner you will have a lot less stress in your life.

Author's Bio: 

Aurelia Williams, certified Personal Life Coach and owner of
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