Disruptive change—a simple-enough phrase that conjures up images of life changes plunging you into total chaos. Does that sound about right? If you do not know what disruptive change is and/or you need help managing it, here are the signs that it is currently in your life and how you can deal with it.
Your Anxiety Levels Are Off the Charts
Change creates stress, stress creates anxiety, and anxiety levels rise to the point where you cannot think or act clearly. When you are frozen and cannot act on the simplest everyday choice because your anxiety is that high, you may be going through something that is changing things for you and is leading to disruptive feelings. Recognizing that these feelings are present and not allowing you to move ahead with tasks is the first sign that you are attempting to deal with disruptive changes in your life.
You Are Screaming at Everyone for Everything
Anxiety levels take your fear to a new level. Rather than addressing it, you substitute it for another similar emotion: anger. It is easier to be angry and express anger than it is to be fearful and overcome that fear. Ergo, you begin losing your temper and screaming at everyone for everything and screaming at everything in general. Stop. Examine why you are angry and what could possibly be making you feel so much hostility. A sense of loss of control over your life and how it typically operates is one of the major things that cause people to act and react this way. If you think that might be the case, think about what has changed in your life recently or what is changing. If the change is that uncomfortable to you, you will respond to it by behaving in a way that is disruptive in order to prevent the change.
How to Manage It
Identify the changes that are occurring. Figure out why the changes upset you so much. Decide whether the changes are really that big of a deal or you really cannot live with something changing. If you can flex with a small change but a larger change sends you into an absolute tizzy, break down the larger change into more manageable smaller changes. For example, if your company is relocating you to Japan and you have to be there in two weeks, pause. Address each possible issue with this major change separately. Accept your decision and actions for each possible issue. You will find that these things are less disruptive to your life when you can "take smaller bites."
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