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Facing Change and Challenges

By March 4, 2021No Comments

We face changes and challenges at any moment of any day in our lives. However, we can all agree that this past year has added more changes and challenges to our lives than we ever could have predicted. Whether you were (or still are) working from home, furloughed, unable to see family, struggling to keep your business afloat, or taking care of the sick, it’s something we have to adapt to. 

One of our team members here at PAINKLLR has been experiencing their own challenge and has offered their insight into how they’re trying to navigate through it. It’s important for us to remember that we’re all dealing with our own challenges, no matter how big or small. 

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela

This team member has been dealing with a work from home situation for a year now and has found it more challenging than expected.

Tip 1: Accept the change or challenge.

This tip didn’t come overnight for me. When I began working from home I didn’t mind it. Working in my sweatpants? Don’t mind if I do. However, the work from home fatigue set in quickly. I wasn’t interacting with as many people as usual, the isolation was starting to affect my mental health without even realizing it. I began getting frustrated and irritable, wanting so bad for things to go back to normal. After talking with others about the feelings I was experiencing, I realized there are so many people that are feeling like this right now. So the first step I taught myself was to ACCEPT this change. If there’s nothing I can do about it right now, then I might as well accept it.

Tip 2: Embrace the change or challenge, and adjust your mindset.

Once I learned to accept that this is my situation right now, I needed to embrace it. I began asking myself, what can I do to make my day better? What benefit can I get out of this? Learning to embrace my change made me appreciate some things about my situation more. I get to spend A LOT of time with my dog. I can take the time to make myself healthy meals and not rush to throw something together. I can get errands and chores done quickly and efficiently. My list goes on, but the point is I started looking at these things as a positive rather than focusing on the negatives. I EMBRACED my change.

Tip 3:  Adapt to the change or challenge.

This is where some diligence came in. I needed to adapt to my new way of life. I needed to make this my new normal, rather than remembering the old normal. I began getting up at the same time everyday, putting on normal clothes (this means jeans some days), pulling myself together as if I was actually going into an office, and making myself a real breakfast. I created a new routine for myself and this has helped me tremendously. I feel less lazy, and more productive. I made sure to put more energy into my workouts since it was my one chance to move during the day, and I give myself sporadic breaks throughout my work life to avoid getting burnt out. I do things that make me feel good. I learned to ADAPT to my new normal. 

These tips may not work for everyone, because everyone’s situation is different. What works for one person may not work for the next. Nonetheless, it’s important to face your challenges head on. Nothing will change or progress if we just ignore the things that scare us or try our emotions. Formulate your plan of attack on that challenge and put a positive spin on your change. We can all get through this together.

Meet our copywriter and member of the PAINKLLR Team, Alex

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