Dealing with change … we’re not in Kansas anymore
If you were to ask me one thing that causes the most amount of stress for anyone going through any period of change – and we’re going through a lot of change right now – it’s not accepting the realities of the situation.
I still see comments and mindsets that suggest people still think that this will be all be sorted out in a few weeks time and then things will return to normal.
Sorry to disappoint you. This is a long term thing.
I don’t know what normal will mean going forwards, but it won’t be what we’re used to.
I don’t know anything the virus situation any more than the rest of you, but when you listen to the experts who lie behind the decisions being made – they are talking about restrictive measures being in place for 12 to 18 months. Maybe even longer.
Even if they’re wrong and all restrictions are lifted in the next few weeks – the financial damage has been done.
For the last couple of years, the Bank of England, top economists and the like have been saying that we can’t sustain the way the country is being run and that a massive recession is coming.
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No-one ever asked ‘if’. Only ‘when’.
I thought Brexit might be the trigger point but, with the entire world on shut down right now, I can’t see anything happening other than a long hard global recession.
Irrespective of what the government does in terms of interest rates and lending.
We have years of challenge ahead of us – and those that realise that quickest will be the ones that recover quickest.
Most people are familiar with what is often called the Grief Curve or Change Curve. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Grief etc. All the way through to Acceptance.
It applies to any form of change and, like most models isn’t as straightforward as it appears, as we can flit back and forth between the stages as new challenges arise.
In essence, our emotional state tends to lag behind the reality of what is happening and as long as they are out of kilter, we are likely to be stressed.
I often refer to a particular book as it is so powerful and relevant. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl explores the emotional state of prisoners in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
One of the many things that I picked out of from this book was that those who refused to accept the realities of what was happening, were the ones who suffered the most.
It’s when we try to resist life that it smacks us in the face.
So get through what you need to get through – quickly.
Don’t bottle your emotions up. Cry. Rant. Rave, if you must. Share your feelings with others, get different perspectives. Whatever you need to do.
But don’t stay stuck in those states.
Move through and get to acceptance as quickly as you can because then you can actually do something about it – seek out expert support and coaching to help you on your journey.
Straight-talking advice – that’ll be Yorkshire Powerhouse
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