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How to cope with change and be adaptable

Updated: May 3

There is only so much we can control in our lives. When we start working to improve our body and mind through movement, as we do here at 4U Pilates, we take a holistic approach: identifying the ways to improve internally, and how we engage with the world externally.

In this week’s post, we’re looking outwards at the roles, relationships, and responsibilities that you hold, and how they affect your life. These are commitments, and often they are things that happen to us, rather than activities we choose to take up.

Coping with commitments, change and being adaptable

When it comes to managing commitments, it can often be difficult to evaluate just how much of your time and effort is spent fulfilling the roles and responsibilities you hold. On top of that, unexpected changes can make coping even more difficult.

In this guide, our aim is to provide strategies to support your commitments, change, and improve your adaptability:

1. Check in with your Wellbeing

Often, it is only when things get too much, that the energy you put into your commitments can be felt. It’s why we advocate checking in with your wellbeing on a regular basis, taking stock of how you feel, and the causes of negativity or stress.

2. Be honest with yourself

As well as checking in with your wellbeing, be honest with yourself. Being authentic is often valued more than over-committing to certain things; for example, dropping out of a family event at the last minute can be more detrimental than reducing your commitment to the event at the beginning.

As women, we are often expected to be reliable, especially if you are a mother, wife, daughter, or hold another familial tie that supersedes over all other commitments. However, if you do not take care of yourself, you may be unable to properly take care of your commitments, so it’s worth putting your needs first.

3. Build your mental resilience

Strengthening your mind is like strengthening a mental muscle. Dealing with commitments, challenges, and unexpected changes, does not come easy to anyone, but the way you manage these can be improved by building your mental resilience.

Just as you would use physical exercise to improve your body’s health, taking time to invest in your emotional health and well-being will enable you to better cope with whatever life has in-store for you.

By building your mental resilience, you will be able to:

  • Approach things differently

  • Form a new habit

  • Develop new thinking patterns

  • Improve your ability to handle change

One of the best ways to build your mental resilience is through training. At 4U Pilates, our 'Midlife Champions' and 'Move better, feel Free' Online course provides holistic support for your body, mind, and emotional health.

Take a look at the courses or for 121 support, book a Kinesiology session to understand the imbalances in your mind and body and start your journey to a happier, healthier you.

You can also check out our expert health interview with Tania Diggory of "This is calmer" as she talks about "Change, Challenge, Adaptability and Resilience":


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