Life doesn’t always go as planned, that’s a given, but sometimes you get news that changes your life forever.
Here’s what to do when that happens. (aka what I did when I found out I was pregnant)
Let yourself freak out or cry or celebrate. Your life is changing and you need to process how that is making you feel. Be shocked, sad, angry, excited. Processing is the most important thing to do when your life is being changed.
Call your mom or your main support person. You’re going to want to talk about all the big changes that are happening and have somebody give you advice or celebrate with you. Having someone that has gone through the same thing helps you put things into perspective and make it all a little less scary.
Make a plan. Figure out everything you need to do to be as prepared as possible. Make shopping lists, to-do lists, and start saving money. Research EVERYTHING so you don’t get hit with more surprises. Be prepared for things to not go the way you planned (duh), but having a well thought out plan will help you feel like everything will be ok (which it will).
Rest your mind, body, and soul. Let yourself breathe. It is important to get ready for all of life’s big changes, but you need to take care of yourself in the process. Pamper yourself or just give yourself a break. Do whatever you need to do to be well rested and in the best mental, physical, and emotional condition you can be in.
Pray. Although this may be surprising news to you, God knew this was going to happen and He’s got you. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:9, “this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.” He said this to the people in Corinth when they were facing great pressure and despair and felt like they had been given the death sentence. You are loved and held together by an all-knowing God, so rest in knowing that nothing surprises Him, even when you feel like your life will never be the same.
I hope these tips help you when you get life changing news. When I found out I was pregnant, I had no clue what to do, and this is just what happened. I freaked out, called my mom, made a plan, took some days to rest, and prayed. A lot.
What works for you when you get life changing news?