Fears and phobias are a part of the everyday lives of nearly 13% of Americans. While there are thousands of types of phobias that can be as specific as fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth (arachibutyrophobia), they can all be traced back to a fear of change. Change is one of the only things we can count on as a constant in life, so a shift in perspective can ease a lot of stress. Make friends with change by asking what lessons are to be learned and trying to see how your new situation can benefit you. You can also start embracing change by intentionally introducing change into your life--start a new hobby, try new foods, take a new route to work--anything to practice getting out of your comfort zone. We can't predict life’s changes, but we can control how we respond to them.