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6 Journal Prompts to Help you Adapt to Change    

6 Journal Prompts to Help you Adapt to Change

Art by FISK

By Hallie Sheinbaum

Change is an inevitable part of life, but it’s not always the most comfortable experience. Sometimes we may try to put it off for a while as a result, but the truth is that we can’t grow as human beings without it. The key is to learn how to navigate and cope with change so that it doesn’t feel so overwhelming. 

The best way to do that is by simply understanding ourselves and our feelings towards the change itself so that we can figure out how to embrace it rather than resist it. It’s important to start by figuring out where you stand emotionally so you can understand what you need to work on. From there, it’s helpful to identify where you want to go and the ways that you might get there. 

Journaling is a great exercise for clarifying all of the above. To help get you started, we’ve outlined 6 journal prompts to help you adapt to change, below.

  1. Identify three emotions you have been feeling recently around a change (or changes) in your life. Lean into them and write down the ways they have shown up in your behaviors and conversations. 
  2. Do you like change or find it difficult? Explain why. 
  3. If you don’t like change, list some reasons you might be resisting it. Then list three ways that you can embrace it more.
  4. Is what’s changing in your life important to you? Why or why not?
  5. List any obstacles that might be holding you back from change right now. Now list three realistic ways you can overcome each of them (by realistic, we mean three action items you can start this week to help get you through). 
  6. What do you wish to gain or experience coming out of a current change you’re going through? What are three goals (big or small) you want to accomplish from this change?

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