When Change Is Therapy: 10 Benefits of Change

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Two days in a row now, I’ve gone for a drive someplace new for a change.

I hopped into the car with Elliott (Elliott was feeling miserable and wanted to go driving too) and I’ve pretty much just driven in a new direction, a direction I’ve never driven before, down different streets, into different suburbs and pretty much into the country 10 kilometers from my house. I discovered quiet little towns I never knew existed and a beautiful, peaceful park with gorgeous gardens and flowing streams.

I’ve always loved discovering new places instead of visiting the same ones over and over. Sometimes we always tend to stick with what we know, don’t we? It’s human nature to prefer comfort over the unknown. But for me, it gets boring. Like when it comes to going to restaurants, why go to the same one when there are so many more to discover. When I go shopping, I always try different foods or different brands and like to make different dinners that we haven’t had before. And the biggest change we’ve made as a family was our tree change from a big modern house to a little old cottage and into a completely different suburb…it was refreshing, I have enjoyed discovering the new surrounds, experiencing a garden I’ve never had before and meeting new people.

These might seem like really small things, but for me, making small changes to my day to day life has really brought benefits and sometimes helps me to conquer the big ones or unexpected ones.

To me, change is like therapy because doing the same thing over simply drives me mad. Venturing outside my comfort zone not only releases me from that groundhog day type of feeling but does so many other things.  Ani Chibukhchyan at Tiny Buddha explains the 10 powerful benefits of change and I explain what each one means to me.

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1. Personal Growth

If we didn’t experience different things, we wouldn’t learn new things and we most certainly wouldn’t learn new things about ourselves.

2. Flexibility

For me in the past with my anxiety, there were often times when unexpected changes freaked me out. I’ve found that making small changes in my days has helped me to adapt to when unxpected changes rear their heads.

3. Improvements

Well, it’s simple, without change, there’d be no improvements. Sometimes the biggest change makes the biggest improvements, just like Mr. G and I selling our old house to move to a smaller and cheaper one. It’s the best decision we’ve made and has allowed us to live a more stress-free life and has enabled us to live on one income so I can be at home with my son.

4. Life values

Doing things differently means that you may develop a new perspective on life. 

5. The Snowball Effect

For me, this links to number 2. Big changes can sometimes be a bit too much, but certainly little changes have been extremely valuable. Making changes one step at a time can make it a lot easier to experience a big change and not feel ‘snowballed’.

6. Strength

Although changes can often be ‘as good as a holiday’, sometimes they are not, and that is a part of life. But I always hold onto the fact that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

7. Progress

You will never know if you don’t change something. You will never discover a new park, a new food that you love, a new restaurant, a new ability or a new found love or hobby. And if you don’t, you will never progress.

8. Opportunities

You will never know if you never try.  This links to my experience in number 3. Our ‘tree change’ has opened the doors to more opportunity than we would have had if we had stayed in our old house. It also pertains to my love of blogging. I’d never done it before but I took the leap and tried it and look where I am now. I love it, it’s my passion and I have discovered my love for writing, something I wouldn’t have discovered if I hadn’t tried. Who knows where it will lead.

9. New Beginnings

Ani Chibukhchyan explains that each change is a turning page, it’s about closing one chapter and opening another one. Changes bring new beginnings and excitement to life.

10. Routine

Hands up if routine drives you mad? I’d have to say that most Mums would say yes to this and it can tend to lead to a very dull, predictable and uninteresting life. But with changes, even if they are little ones each day, this can be very different.

How are you with change? How have you found it has benefited you in your life?

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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