Major life changes are part of, well, life! But they don't need to be disruptive, world-is-ending, just-can't-go-on affairs. Sure, there's stress, anxiety and perhaps some sleepless nights along the way, but facing your new set of circumstances head on will make the transition easier (note: we did not say easy), and you just might learn something awesome about yourself along the way.

1) Understand that changes WILL happen. Even if you're a creature of habit that thrives on routine, there will be times when routine goes out the window and reality takes on a whole new shape. That's ok. You're ok. Breathe. Your routine might need to change, but that doesn't mean you can't establish a new one.

2) Some changes will be challenging. VERY challenging. These times can be trying, but they can also be rewarding. You might discover a hidden talent you didn't know you had. Or you might learn that you can stay cooler under pressure than you ever thought possible. You might just impress yourself with how much you're really able to handle when it's thrown at you. These are all awesome self-discoveries waiting to happen!

3) Accept the new change in your life. When a change is looked at as a fresh opportunity and a chance to learn something new, it's no longer quite as scary. Even if you had no intention of ever pursuing this new direction, embracing rather that resisting is always the method of least resistance.

4) Keep an open mind. What initially sounds like a complete disaster might end up being the best thing that ever happened to you. But without an open mind you could miss the opportunity.

5) Kill it with kindness and humor. Sometimes if we don't laugh, we'll cry, so we might as well make it the former. Maintaining a sense of humor during difficult times helps put others at ease and you might actually start to trick yourself into feeling like things are A-OK. And that right there is half the battle. 

6) Do something kind for yourself. In times of stress and struggle your own personal care might be the last thing on your priority list, but it shouldn't be. Taking time out to treat yourself to something that makes you feel great really does help the healing process. Think: reset button for your brain.

7) Get out there. While you may feel like curling up in a ball and staying inside forever, getting out there and embracing your new reality will actually feel a lot better. Your life is an adventure worth pursuing, so don't let setbacks, even major ones, derail you completely. Take the time to acknowledge and embrace the change and then get back on that horse and ride, baby, ride!