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Replacing unhealthy habits with more healthy ones will provide you with more energy, a better quality of life – and a more healthy you

While we all know this, making those changes a habit is easier said than done.

So how do we maintain new healthy lifestyle changes in our everyday life especially when we are faced with the stressors of work and family commitments and the challenges of daily life?

We can become obsessed with trying to make too many changes at once instead of starting off with small steps. It is important to focus on small lifestyle changes rather than drastic life-changing measures.

Marie Young, Psychologist - Talks about change

For example:

  • Competing in a triathlon would be a life changing event, whereas walking or running for 30 minutes a day would be a lifestyle change
  • Losing 20 kilos may be life changing but cutting sugar out of your hot drinks would be a lifestyle change
  • Becoming vegetarian is a life-changing measure, whereas eating at least 2 meatless meals a week would be a lifestyle change

Can you see the difference?

Tips to help you make a change

  • Use goal setting
  • Invite your family to join you in making a change. Support from your loved ones makes it much easier for you to stay motivated. For example, your partner or a friend can help you plan heart healthier meals
  • Start a diary to track your progress- try writing down what you are eating, or how much activity you are doing. A diary can help you to see what you need to change and then later to see how well you are doing
  • Start a weekly activity journal

“If you plant the right seed in the right spot, it will grow without further coaxing”. (BJ Fogg – Founder of Tiny Habits)

The “right seed” refers to the behaviour you select to change and the “right spot” relates to what you do before the behaviour. By selecting the right behaviour and noting what occurs before the behaviour, then the behaviour will eventually happen naturally. For example “After I put the kettle on in the morning, I will drink 1 glass of water”. The 1 glass of water is the behaviour and after putting the kettle on is the right spot.

To learn more about this method visit tinyhabits.com

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