Change occurs when something ends and something new or different begins. It is a time to let go of the old, the familiar, and embrace the new, the unknown.

No matter how safe, secure, predictable and stable our lives are, we will still have to cope with change at points along the way. Changes can be enormous, a marriage, new home, baby, new job, divorce, bereavement. These levels of change can be very stressful and difficult to cope with. Even small changes can have a big impact on our lives too, though they are often underestimated.

A wise man once said: “The only constant in the Universe is change!”. Change is a normal and essential part of life, yet, ironically, when we’re in the middle of it, it feels anything but normal. Funnily enough, without change most of us would become stale, bored and unproductive. Change keeps life interesting!

Most of us have strong responses to change, yet no two people will respond to change in the same way. Some people perceive change as positive, while others may view change as negative. Change itself is not a problem; it’s how we deal with it, how we react to change, that determines whether or not there is a problem. While we can do little to influence the rate of change, we can choose to respond positively to the changes around us and often learn to thrive on them. When the winds of change blow, some people build windmills to take advantage of the change, while others build windbreaks to try to stop the unstoppable.