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How well do you deal with change?

By September 29, 2008 - 9:52am
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In the last dozen years, my husband and I have moved from Austin to Phoenix to Washington, D.C. to Atlanta to Kansas City, and we are getting ready for a move back to Texas. While I love getting to know new cities, I've just begun to realize the toll that so much moving creates.

I'm not sure I'm the kind of person who's suited to live in one place all her life, but I think I could deal with a little more stability. Every time we pull up the roots and move (most have been job-oriented), it requires that we deal with real estate, find all new doctors and dentists and vets, and figure out grocery stores, roads to work and where the closest Starbucks is from scratch again.

How do you deal with change? On the stress index, such events as deaths, divorces, moves, job changes or losing a home are stratospheric. And more and more we see the links to mental stress in our physical lives.

Do you exercise? Listen to music? Try to keep your routines no matter what? Or do you go with the flow, trying to lessen whatever resistance you might have to a new situation? I'd be eager to read about others' successes in this area.

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