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Dealing with stress of life changes

Whether looking to advance their career, financial situation or personal life, taking the steps toward self-improvement is top of mind to many people.

In fact, a recent survey polled men and women across the U.S. to see what major life changes they plan to make in the near future. The survey, conducted by Identigene, a maker of at-home paternity kits, found that almost half (46 percent) of respondents are planning to make one or more major life changes within the year. But, as with anything that is new and unfamiliar, confronting the situation can often be an intimidating process.

“Change is vital to personal development,” said Dr. Janet Taylor, an author and community psychiatrist. “Changing important parts of your life can definitely be a daunting task, and feeling nervous about addressing these changes is normal.”

Taylor provides the following advice:

Understand your stress. Any nervous feelings are to be expected. In fact, 9 out of 10 Americans say they are nervous, on some level, about making their life change. Remember, taking even the smallest of steps toward your goal will help you see progress, overcome nervousness and build confidence.

Use your resources. When faced with an obstacle, it’s important to understand that you are not alone. In fact, 59 percent of people polled in a recent survey plan to use a friend or family member as a resource for going through a major life change. A close friend or family member can be a great source of emotional support. You may also consider getting help from a professional, such as a therapist or financial adviser.

Put it in writing. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start to make change happen. Grab a pen and put your goals in writing with an outline of the action steps required.

With a written plan and the support of others, you will feel more confident about making your change happen.

– Family Features

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