Adjusting To Sudden Life Changes

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.


Life is unpredictable, and you need to tackle sudden and unforeseen changes.Changes may be triggered by - switching jobs, relocating to another city, moving out of your parents’ house, divorce, living in a hostel, marriage, having a baby, a medical condition, a natural disaster, or death of a loved one. Speaking of contemporary circumstances, the Lockdown has tethered us to our homes and made ‘Work from home’ mandatory for most of us – allowing us to stay mobile only within a few paces. These events sweep us off our feet, and it can be rather overwhelming to handlethe situationwell. Here's how you can effectively and successfullydeal with sudden events in ways that keep you rooted.

3 fabulous hacks to cope with sudden changes

Radical changescan be quite messy and there will be days when you feel that you aren’t making any progress at all and days when you feel you’ve gotten acclimatized; that’s ok. Here are certain things that you can do to stay motivated and be pro-active.

  • Embrace the change:A change in your lifestyleis bound to leave you a little bit overwhelmed and a little bit confused.However, you need to own it, in order to move forwards. Confusion does not mean that something’s wrong; it's the body's natural response to a big change that was sudden – it’s a coping mechanism. Importantly, you shouldn’t be putting limits on yourself.
  • Don’t bottle up your emotions: Do not suppress any of your feelings, let them out. Give yourself permission to feel your feelings – whatever they maybe – anger, hurt, joy, ecstasy, confusion, uncertainty, sorrow; and consider journaling if you do not want to talk about them.
  • Take one day at a time: Stress causes a lot of emotional turmoil. Ourability to think and act gets compromised. Schedule a day or may be half a day for yourself. Structure your work, plan for the next day,water the plants, do the dishes, prep your meals - that’s good enough. Short-range planning helps you adjust to the changes better.

Diet and lifestyle changes

Eat right

Nutrition is a very important consideration when looking forward to dealing with huge alterations. Maintain regular mealtimes andplan your meals to avoid mindless snacking. Also, ensure that you drink plenty of water and say well hydrated. It’s best to steer clear ofrefined, processed and junk foods. You could begin by getting rid of chips, crisp, cookies andready-to-eat meals and swap them forvegetables, fruits, nuts and proteins.

Make exercise top priority

Physical activity has significant benefits for those trying to deal with massive lifestyle changes; it boosts physical as well as mental well-being. The endorphins that are released when you exercise make you happy, and experts label exercise as a magic drug!

Boost your mental health

Eat Breakfast

When you feel de-stabilized and disoriented, and may be a wee bit depressed it’s time to ground yourself in order to re-instatestrength and solidnessinto your emotional world.Explore Yoga, mindful meditation, and spiritual grounding techniques- these infuse a feeling of well-being and provide a rooted feeling.

Sleep well

We all need a good night’s sleep, but don’t always get it. You need to commit yourself to good sleep hygiene. That means sleeping and waking up at a fixed time, exercising daily, structuring your day, avoiding caffeine and steering clear of screen time when you’re about to go to bed. Experts advocate a glass of warm milk with a pinch of nutmeg and a spoonful of turmeric powder to help reduce stress and instill calmness. Nutmeg improves sleep; while curcumin in turmeric is a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Turmeric is also popular for its ability to fight off depression. Tata Sampann Haldi comes with a minimum 3%curcumin guarantee and the spice is manufactured and packaged in a scientific way.

Adjusting and remodeling your lifestyle takes time, but is well-worth following. Use the change to your gain and become the best version of yourself!


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