Trigger warning: this piece discusses themes of anxiety and trauma.
Something we have all experienced at some point in our lives is change. Whether it’s a smaller change like getting a haircut or a bigger change, like moving house, change is something we will all have to go through. So then why, for so many of us, is it so hard?
Recently, so many things in my life have changed. This, paired with a traumatised brain, has caused a fair amount of anxiety - which is totally fine! I’m thankful that, while I still have my struggles, I’ve come far enough that I am aware of this and have healthier coping techniques.
Change is difficult, but it’s difficult for almost everyone. No one likes change, it can feel scary going into the unknown. People can adapt easier than others, but if you feel like you’re the only one struggling with change, let me tell you that you are absolutely not alone. But change can also be a good thing, it can be a time for us to grow and flourish, to learn and lean into something potentially better. There’s so much in the unknown, but that doesn’t mean it’s negative, it could be positive. It could be opening doors to something else that could be life-changing.
We can’t stop change from happening. Change is inevitable. But nothing changes if nothing changes, good or bad. When we’re in recovery, it can feel like nothing is changing. Or maybe your illness is telling you that changing and recovering is dangerous. However, these kinds of changes are absolutely worth it. When you’re in recovery, you’re working towards a life of freedom, peace and happiness. This does require a bit of change, but it’s a good kind.
I know change is hard and scary, but it’s something we all experience. The best way to deal with it is to simply ride the waves and see where it goes. It might not always be for the better, but the good thing about change is that even it can change! Sometimes things can grow and become something beautiful in time. Sometimes, change is beautiful.
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