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Here’s What You Can Do to Embrace Change in the Workplace

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Change is at the core of our existence, and yet, we strive to dodge it and remain in our comfort zones by default. While not every shift in our lives is welcome, we need to accept that the root of improvement and personal and professional growth lies in the ability to accept and adapt to change.

Without change, there would be no room for advancement, and evolution in every possible sense would be unlikely. The workplace is just another sphere where a planned change is welcome. However, both companies and individuals need adequate strategies to embrace change in the workplace, both planned and unplanned. And, thus, avoid disruptions in times of uncertainty.

To embrace change, you need to understand it

Perhaps the reasons why people resist change, in general, can be found in its unpredictability and the fear of the unknown. Most of the time, we can’t control the variables, but we can control how we (re)act. Learning how to positively deal with change is vital for every individual and company as a whole.

Not too long ago, the coronavirus outbreak completely stopped us in our tracks. We were and still are trying to redesign our daily lives, including how we operate at work. Constant change is, inevitably becoming a part of our working routine. The best we can do is embrace that change in the workplace and make it work for us.

To understand what’s ahead and diminish the fear of the unknown, it is key to gather as much information as possible. Only through educated decisions, those affected can get much-needed reassurance and comfort. Without the focus on trusted information, these may be difficult to obtain under new circumstances.

“The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” – Kakuzō

Resistance is futile

This is a popular quote from the Star Trek series, but also a practical way of looking at things. Resistance to change in the workplace isn’t productive and serves nobody. Opening to the change, on the other hand, provides a plethora of new opportunities for improvement. If recognized and developed on time, one of those opportunities may redefine the way we do work or set ourselves apart.

Hence, the first step in embracing the change is acknowledging the possibility that stubborn resilience is not the way. Once we accept this on a personal level, we can easily apply it in the workplace.

With how much effort people will embrace the change partly depends on the management. Only competent leaders can navigate the organization through an uncertain period of change. They do it with the help of strong communication and listening skills, empathy, and intuition. After all, the organization is its people.

Your attitude toward life defines how you embrace change in the workplace

Which words describe a person with a positive attitude toward change? We will often hear that flexible, brave, adaptable, curious, positive, open-minded, patient, creative, strong-willed, enthusiastic people get through everything that life brings with ease. But it is not that simple.

While it may seem that those are exclusive character traits, those virtues can be learned and practiced. One’s outlook on life is based on a determination to survive and thrive, and with it comes the motivation to embrace change.

In other words, if you see the change as an opportunity, it will be an opportunity. If you don’t see it as such, you need to learn how to look. To do so, ask yourself:

  • Am I looking only at the negative aspects of change? How many positive aspects can I determine?
  • How do I feel about the change? What is the source of these feelings?
  • Am I thinking in the long-term? Can this change bring benefits at some point in the future?

If you define a source of any negative feelings toward the change, you will be able to approach the problem on more rational grounds. This is where personal development begins.

Redefine your goals if necessary, but remain focused 

Planned changes are best accepted if introduced over time. But sometimes, they can come as a shock, leaving little or no time for preparation. In the latter case, goals set before them may need to be revised, or paths reworked. To more easily embrace change in the workplace, one needs to set a (new) goal, carefully progress in that direction, and regularly reassess the situation. It is the same as walking in the dark, always exploring ahead by making small steps until more light is shed.

There’s no better way to deal with change than focusing on job responsibilities that lead to achieving new performance objectives. The loss of control that often follows in the wake of an unplanned change can be mitigated. Even though they differ from our usual assignments, accomplishing tasks that we’re capable of can still bring about a sense of fulfillment, joy, and comfort.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

There is strength in numbers

It is highly likely that you’re not the only one affected by the change. Look around and see how others deal with it and share your thoughts and experiences. The worst you can do is isolate yourself during the time of change when major shifts naturally tend to drive people deep into their comfort zone.

Exposing yourself to others is scary in its own right, but it also opens you to highly useful opinions and helpful practices you may not otherwise be aware of. Being part of a group empowers people, and navigating through the uncertainty the change brings is much easier together.

Alice Santini is a tour guide in Florida, an amateur photographer, and a guest blogger at purpleheartmovinggroup.com and other media outlets. She is excited by travel, always on the move, and looking at the world through the camera lens more often than not.

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5 Indicators of Unresolved Attachment Trauma

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Emotional Attachment Trauma

Trauma caused during specific stages of a child’s development, known as attachment trauma, can have lasting effects on a person’s sense of safety, security, predictability, and trust. This type of trauma is often the result of abuse, neglect, or inconsistent care from a primary caregiver.

Individuals who have not fully processed attachment trauma may display similar patterns of behavior and physical or psychological symptoms that negatively impact their adult lives, including the choices they make in relationships and business.

Unfortunately, many people may not even be aware that they are struggling with trauma. Research estimates that 6% of the population will experience PTSD in their lifetime, with a majority of males and females having experienced significant trauma.

Unresolved attachment trauma can significantly impair the overall quality of a person’s life, including their ability to form healthy relationships and make positive choices for themselves. One well-known effect of unhealed attachment trauma is the compulsion to repeat past wounds by unconsciously selecting romantic partners who trigger their developmental trauma.

However, there are other less recognized but equally detrimental signs of unprocessed developmental trauma.

 

Five possible indications of unresolved attachment trauma are:

 

1.  Unconscious Sabotage

Self-sabotage is a common pattern among individuals with unprocessed attachment trauma. This cycle often begins with hurting others, which is then followed by hurting oneself. It is also common for those with attachment trauma to have heightened emotional sensitivity, which can trigger this cycle.

This pattern can manifest in lashing out, shutting down, or impulsive behavior that leads to feelings of guilt, shame, and self-loathing.

Many people with attachment trauma are not aware of their wounds and operate on survival mode, unconsciously testing or challenging the emotional investment of those around them, and pushing them away out of self-preservation and fear of abandonment.

This can lead to a pattern of making poor choices for themselves based on impulsivity.

 

2. Persistent Pain

 
Chronic pain is a common symptom that can stem from early trauma. Studies have shown a connection between physical conditions such as fibromyalgia, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, insomnia, muscle aches, back pain, chest pain, and chronic fatigue with the aftermath of chronic developmental trauma, particularly physical abuse.
 
Research has found that individuals with insecure attachment styles, such as anxious, avoidant, or disorganized, have a higher incidence of somatic symptoms and a history of physical and emotional abuse in childhood compared to those with a secure attachment style.
 
 

3. Behaviors That Block Out Trauma

 
Trauma blocking practises are used to avoid the pain and memories connected with traumatic events.
 
Emotional numbing, avoidance, and escape via briefly pleasurable activities that distract from terrible memories or suffering are common examples. Unfortunately, this escape habit stops people from successfully processing and recovering from their trauma.
 
Furthermore, when the pain resurfaces, more and more diversions are necessary to continue ignoring it. This can be seen in compulsive behaviours such as drug or alcohol addiction, emotional eating, numbing oneself through relationships, workaholism, excessive or dangerous exercise routines, compulsive internet or technology use, or any other compulsive behaviour used to distract yoursef from intrusive thoughts and emotions.
 
These actions have the potential to prolong a cycle of avoidance and repression, preventing persons from healing and progressing.
 

4. A strong need for control

 
It’s understandable that some people may struggle with control issues in their adult lives, especially if they felt helpless or vulnerable during their childhood.
 
This can happen if someone had an overbearing caregiver who didn’t let them make their own choices, expected too much from them, or didn’t take care of them properly. As adults, they might try to control everything in their life to feel more in control and less anxious or scared. This might be because they didn’t feel like they had control over their life when they were a child.
 
It’s important to remember that everyone’s experiences are different and it’s okay to seek help if you’re struggling with control issues.
 
 

5. Psychological Symptoms That Are Not Explained

 
Individuals with a history of developmental trauma may experience a range of psychological symptoms, including obsessive-compulsive behavior, intense mood swings, irritability, anger, depression, emotional numbing, or severe anxiety.
 
These symptoms can vary in intensity and may occur intermittently throughout the day. People with this type of trauma may attempt to “distract” themselves from these symptoms by denying or rationalizing them, or may resort to substance abuse or behavioral addictions as coping mechanisms. This can be a maladaptive way of trying to numb their symptoms.
 
 

What to do next if you’re suffering from emotional attachment trauma?

 
Everyone’s experience of healing from trauma is unique. It’s important to be aware of whether you have experienced childhood developmental trauma and how it may be affecting your relationships as an adult. Sometimes, the effects of trauma can be overwhelming and we may try to push them away or avoid them.
 
If you notice that you’re engaging in these behaviors, it’s important to seek help from a trauma therapist who can support you on your healing journey. Remember, you’re not alone and it’s never too late to start healing.
 

There are several ways that people can work to overcome emotional attachment trauma:

  1. Therapy: One of the most effective ways to overcome emotional attachment trauma is through therapy. A therapist can help you process your experiences, understand the impact of your trauma on your life, and develop coping strategies to manage symptoms.
  2. Support groups: Joining a support group of people who have had similar experiences can be a great way to find validation, empathy, and a sense of community.
  3. Mindfulness practices: Mindfulness practices such as meditation, pilates, prayer time with God or journaling can help you become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, and develop a sense of spiritual connection and self-regulation.
  4. Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT): This is a type of therapy that is specifically designed to help individuals process and recover from traumatic events.
  5. Building a safety net: Building a support system of people you trust, who are there for you when you need them, can help you feel more secure and safe in your life.

It’s important to remember that healing from emotional attachment trauma is a process and it may take time. It’s also important to find a therapist who is experienced in treating trauma, who you feel comfortable talking with, and who can help you develop a personalized treatment plan.

 
 
If you desire to work with me on healing your wounds and unlocking the aspects of you that were never realized so you can achieve more success in your life then head over to awebliss.com and join my weekly LIVE online mentorship calls.
 
 
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we cultivate meaning in our lives when we pursue our calling

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