How to stay focused when you are dealing with change

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Sometimes no matter how well we have planned out our day, life surprises us with twists that may be stressful. We each handle changes in plans differently. Consider these tips to help you stay focused despite the challenges life throws at you.

  • Have a back-up plan in mind. You don’t need to have it all mapped out, but having some idea of what to do if bad weather, slow traffic or another one of life’s hassles turns up can help you feel better prepared when your day doesn’t go as planned.
  • Talk to friends who may have gone through a similar experience. When you have a plan that falls through, it can be difficult to figure out the next step. Ask friends or family members for their suggestions to make the best of the new situation. Their views may help you decide what is the best way to move forward.
  • Many of life’s surprises are no one’s fault. Surprises happen out of nowhere. That’s why they are surprises. While there are some things out of your control, you can use the skills you have to help you adapt to changing situations. Counting to ten, taking a few deep breaths or taking a short walk may clear your mind and help you focus on the next steps you can control.

Read about more tips on taking life one step at a time.

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