Welcome to February! How’s your year going so far? For some, 2023 has already got off to, shall we say, a “bumpy” start.
Unexpected energy prices.
Disruption in all corners of the workplace.
Nothing anyone would willingly choose for themselves; I don’t know anyone who intentionally goes looking for drama every day.
However, it’s a constant reminder of impermanence – that nothing stays the same.
As Pema Chödrön once poignantly said, “In the face of anything we don’t like, we automatically try to escape”. What I’m trying to say is, if you’ve felt like running for the hills lately, it’s completely understandable.
Nevertheless, if we’re going to navigate this world in a meaningful way, we have to find healthy strategies for coping when things are shifting at a varying pace. So what do we do?
This week, maybe set the intention to Manage the Change. As the famous Serenity prayer suggests, we first have to start with accepting what we can’t change. Not that it’s easy, but sometimes we have to acknowledge when people, history, workplaces are what they are. That doesn’t mean we roll over, or that we shouldn’t ask for better outcomes, but in some cases we have to end the chapter, close the book, and potentially make the decision to never go there again.
Sometimes it can help to manage the uncertainty of a constantly fluctuating situation by creating a “not knowing plan“. Also, sometimes it’s not change that’s the problem, but how quickly it happens. That said, there will be times when you need to take the bull by the horns and have a conversation you don’t want to have; have it anyway. In the same way, you can decide what needs your time and attention, and what doesn’t – remember, their urgent is not your urgent.
Ultimately when all of this is going on, your health and well-being matter. Have a think about which areas of your life – whether it’s your financial, physical or mental wellness for example – that might need to be a priority right now, and what you can reasonably do to manage that. When nothing else feels like it’s in your control, how you take care of yourself may be the one healthy step you can take.
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