The Best Way to Handle a Major Life Crisis: Be Selfish

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Becky Johnen reveals 16 strategies for coping with change productively in new book.

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We need to make a conscious effort to pay attention to the warning signs of ‘oxygen depletion’ and get that mask on in time so we don’t collapse.

According to an article posted in the Harvard Business Review in 2012, the top reason people resist change is loss of control.

Motivational speaker Becky Johnen has the solution for those who struggle with change: take care of yourself first. The “put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others” line heard on airplanes before takeoff ultimately inspired the main message behind Johnen’s campaign to help people navigate change in their own lives.

Johnen’s supplemental aid in these efforts, “Facing the Sunshine and Avoiding the Shadows,” provides 16 comprehensive strategies to dealing with life changes in a productive way, built around the acronym "Preserving Sanity."

The seismic life changes Johnen has personally overcome – including losing her mother to cancer, adopting her nephew after the unexpected death of both his parents, and relocating eight times for work – guide the important insights she shares with others struggling with change in their own lives.

It is Johnen’s ultimate hope that her new self-help guide will empower audiences to not only embrace change, but lead a more positive life by taking care of themselves first during a life crisis.

“Life presents many challenges that we admirably take on, but at what cost to our personal well-being?” Johnen said. “We need to make a conscious effort to pay attention to the warning signs of ‘oxygen depletion’ and get that mask on in time so we don’t collapse.”

Facing the Sunshine and Avoiding the Shadows by Becky Johnen
Paperback, $11.99
e-Book, $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-46240-747-7
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About the author
Becky Johnen, EdD, is an educator, motivational speaker, author, and retired teacher and college administrator, trained by renowned organizational consultant William Bridges, Ph.D. She has conducted workshops and presentations on teaching and learning, dealing with change, strategic planning, and leadership for more than three decades. Throughout her career Johnen has conducted more than 200 presentations, received several prestigious awards in her field, and has contributed to more than 12 publications. Johnen lives with her husband and her nephew in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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