How to Handle a Life Change

Article by: Marie Kingsley
VQS Advice Blog | Cover Image by Helena Lopes

Learn how to face the challenges of today head on.

  1. Table of Contents:
  2. 1. Keep a Positive Mindset
  3. 2. Self-Reflect By Writing
  4. 3. Categorize Your Thoughts
  5. 4. Seek Out New Perspectives
  6. 5. Connect With Those Who Care

Dealing with a life change, large or small, is something everyone has to deal with at one time or another. Here’s 5 ways on how to handle a life change.

1. Cultivating a Positive Mindset

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Creating your own positivity on-demand, is a great skill to master. Reflecting on happy moments from the past boosts your positivity when you feel down. Think about the time you went to Disneyland as a kid, or the time you first successfully rode your bike without training wheels.

Re-directing attention to the positives, puts you in control of your emotions and thoughts, which can help in seemingly difficult situations! Keeping a positive mindset is the best tool on your journey to self-healing.

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2. Self-Reflect By Writing

Look into yourself and your emotions and really explore your feelings. Harness all of your emotions into writing and use this as a tool to purge any unwanted feelings. Some great ideas to try (in your style of writing) are…

  • A letter
  • A diary entry
  • A story
  • Or even new song or poem

Writing down your thoughts helps you to see the bigger picture and also serves as a record of growth to look back for some perspective next time you have a new challenge!

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3. Categorize Your Thoughts

Organizing your thoughts helps you to realize and accept the things you cannot control and helps you plan action with the things you can control.

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Make a list of all of the thoughts in your head if things feel too overwhelming. Then organize those things which you can do something about and which things are out of your control.

Separating individual thoughts out and seeing them on paper also helps to make you realize that they might not be as overwhelming as they feel.

4.  Seek Out New Perspectives

Take this change as a learning opportunity.

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Now is the time to seek out perspectives that we may have never considered before and really slow down and absorb the new information we are seeking out. Learning new ways of thinking is crucial to us growing.

Search online for groups of people who may be experiencing the same thing you are for support. With the internet and social media today, any perspective in the world is available to us, use them to your advantage!

5. Connect With Those Who Care

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Connecting with people who love and care for you is essential in grounding your emotions and helping in your time of need. Speaking with friends and family helps serve as a reminder that they are here for you and support you. When your people rally around you, your spirits will be raised and you will find a new confidence that you can overcome anything!


  1. Keep a Positive Mindset
  2. Self-Reflect By Writing
  3. Categorize Your Thoughts
  4. Seek Out New Perspectives
  5. Connect With Those Who Care

How will you use these tools on your journey? We’d love to hear from you!

Article by: Marie Kingsley

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