The COMM:PAKT questions of the week: Are you dealing with change? How’s it going for you?
Since COVID-19, the one thing we all have in common is having to deal with change. However, change can take many forms and the time it takes for an individual to reach the level of acceptance varies.
An unforeseen change, depending on how you interpret it, can be seen as a lovely surprise or, if unwanted, can cause the inability to rest or relax. Maybe recognise any of the following: anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness, and despair?
Check out these five universal stages of grief and see if you recognise your own path:
- Denial – The first reaction is disbelief, where the person clings to a false, preferable reality.
- Anger – Responses to this can be: “Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; “Who is to blame?”; “Why would this happen?”.
- Bargaining – you can’t solve it, so you start bargaining, struggling to find meaning, reaching out to others, telling your story “.
- Depression – “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “So, what’s the point?”; “I miss my loved one; why go on?”
- Acceptance – “It’s going to be okay.”; not accept that it’s right, or it’s fair, but accept that it is what it is, and you have to deal with it
It’s a path, we travel at different paces, with different loads.
How can you help yourself and your loved ones work through the stages towards acceptance?
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