Helping others cope with change
Tips to help those around you handle stress and cope with new challenges
Stress is a normal response to new challenges but we’re all too aware it can also have a negative effect on our wellbeing and daily lives.
Yet, life is a constant series of changes and challenges.
As we get older, we go through personal and professional development. And our physical and mental health can fluctuate depending on our circumstances.
Sometimes changes can be predictable or even planned, like moving house. And sometimes changes take us completely by surprise, like the entire year of 2020!
Coping with change is a different process for everyone.
While some people may be able to take it in their stride and adapt quickly, others may struggle to understand and enact changes.
Helping others to handle change is a big part of building communities and team cohesion.
Research shows that helping others also makes us feel good and can help to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Our brains are hardwired to gain pleasure from helping others, so taking the time to help those in need benefits everyone!
But it’s not always easy to know when people need help, and that’s why it’s important to identify those with the most need to provide them with essential support.
For example, individuals with learning differences will most likely find it harder to cope with sudden change than other individuals. Yet, with the right support and coping strategies, these same individuals can learn to handle the stress of change and come up with creative ways to approach new challenges.
But without having our needs assessed and many of us won’t know that we have hidden learning needs, which can make us much less resilient to change.
Meaning that some of our colleagues could be struggling because they are unaware or unable to cope with the impact of certain changes just because their brain works differently.
Assessing the needs of team members in the workforce – whether they’re an apprentice or full-time worker – can help to facilitate positive changes by identifying hidden needs. Giving organisations and individuals with learning differences a greater understanding of neurodiversity and support in managing their needs.
What can you do?
We’ve dipped into our digital library, containing over 500 modules, and picked out a selection of strategies to provide everyone with the tools to adapt to a changing work environment.
Each strategy provides clear and easy-to-follow advice suited to a range of neurodiverse learning preferences.
The first strategy on helping others cope with change is available below, and keep an eye out for more strategies in this series.
To access the module, click on the link below:
Ensuring everyone is well-prepared for any changes and challenges in the workplace is a vital role of employers and training providers. It helps to create a more cohesive and diverse working environment.
We hope these modules encourage you to spend a bit more time focusing on your own needs and the needs of those around you. Allowing you to build stronger working relationships amid times, like now, where we’re seeing lots of change.
All the best,
The Cognassist team!
PS – keep going and read our next strategy for managing change on How to become more adaptable and flexible to change.
Science Communications Manager