As a military spouse I am no stranger to change and even welcome it as we reach the 3 year mark at any Army post. Because of that I’m always looking for the best advice for mastering military life. Funny thing is that dealing with change is exactly how I became known as the Direction Diva. From the moment I began to share the tips and strategies I picked up along the way it’s been a mission to gain and give smart advice for conquering this life.
For years whenever I was met with change I saw it as a source of stress. But I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be that way. Change doesn’t have to be something to fear or stress over, it can actually be something that gives us a fresh start, a new attitude and a brighter future. These 6 pieces of advice come from learning how to embrace change and keep stress levels under control.
6 Pieces of Advice for Mastering Military Life
Smart Advice #1: Recognize change is a process
The first step to handling any type of change is to simply recognize that things will be different and that you may not know exactly how things will unfold and that’s OK! As I share in my new book change is just the start of a process and recognizing that is half the battle!
Smart Advice #2: Decide to change with the situation
Sometimes the reason things are changing isn’t because desire them too, so you must decide that you will change along with your situation. In order to move forward, you must commit to doing things differently by deciding how you will fill your time and alter your routine in a new way.
Smart Advice #3: Assess and Uncover what isn’t working
As with any new situation, it is important to take a closer look at what is and isn’t working right now. Will the way you manage your day continue to work based on the new demands on your life? Take a look at your life and uncover the actions and activities that aren’t in alignment with the changes taking place in your life.
Smart Advice #4: Design your life around what’s working
You have the power to design your experience any way you like. Let go of the things step 3 helped you uncover, replace them with activities that support the changes that you are experiencing and design a life that works for you.
Smart Advice #5: Create habits thru Action
Action is the single most important thing to dealing with and embracing change effectively. You can’t expect to make a smooth transition if you sit around doing nothing and the only way to navigate any type of change is to take action. Create new habits that help you adjust and in no time your life will settle again.
Smart Advice #6: Evaluate again and adjust as necessary
The final step in any process of change is to evaluate whether your new habits are actually doing what they are meant to do. If the new routine is stressing you out, change it! Go back to an earlier step and try something different.
Remember Change is a process not a destination!
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~Judy Davis, the Direction Diva is a motivational speaker, author and lifestyle blogger as well as a military life and teen suicide prevention expert. Co-founder of DASIUM, Judy’s books Right Side Up and Warning Signs: Is Your Teen at Riskare go to resources for families and her websites are filled with tips, inspiration and resources for those looking for direction. Connect with Judy at TheDirectionDiva.com