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Change is in the very nature of being. Every new day is different from the previous day and one must neither get attached to happiness nor get depressed with suffering because both will pass away. Nothing is really permanent in this world. Change can often be a difficult thing for everyone to accept. No matter how big or small, sadly many of us fear it and that includes me. It freaks us out—probably even more than public speaking The worry in change can be seen evidently in that friend unsure of his future after high school, or that family member who stumbles when asked what they would like to have, only to order the same thing they have ordered the last 10 times.  Whenever something happens in our personal world or to our own being that is inconsistent with the way we feel the world should be, we encounter change. Change comes in many forms in our daily lives. We get married, graduate from school, switch careers several times, move across the country, get in terrible accidents, lose our parents, discover hobbies we love that we never knew about, and sometimes even achieve our dreams. The important thing to keep in mind is that there is a continuum between “positive” and “negative” so not all changes can be easily codified as good or bad. In fact, other psychological factors (such as one’s temperament, mood, and global IQ) can affect how a person codifies a change along the positive-negative continuum.Coping with change isn’t that hard. You can’t change how your brain works, but you can use its quirks to your advantage. Basically, your brain likes information it knows and understands and doesn’t like what it doesn’t know. If your brain experiences enough change in a variety of ways, it’ll allow you to operate with the understanding that change is something you can survive and even benefit from. After enough regular practice, managing change won’t feel like such a fearful burden. Shifting gears is rarely easy, but it isn’t supposed to be. With practice you’ll get better and it won’t feel like you’re hit with a stress bomb every time your life takes a different turn. The only way the fear and stress will disappear is if you calm down and embrace the unknown.

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