6 steps to a healthier lifestyle

Identify the benefits of change

  • Think about how your lifestyle is affecting your health and happiness: is your current lifestyle costing you your health?
  • Do you avoid activities or social events due to your health or weight?
  • Would making a change benefit you?

Think about the barriers to change

  • Identify the barriers to change and think about how you could overcome those barriers.
  • Some changes can be made easily while other changes will take more time.
  • Start with small changes that are easier to achieve.

Make a plan of action

  • In order to make change, you must plan.
  • Change will involve new behaviours, new routines and forming new habits.
  • Recruit family, friends and colleagues as your support team, or find other ways of ensuring you have support for your changes.

Take action

  • Start your new routine and gradually build up your lifestyle to support your goal.
  • If increased fitness is your goal try to build activity into your routine as well as exercising.
  • For example, add a walk to an outing, walk to the shops or public transport.
  • Try to increase your physical activity in small steps by looking for opportunities to be active every day.

Reward success

  • In order to maintain your new lifestyle, you must reward yourself for reaching your goals.
  • Acknowledge and reward your successes in healthy ways – go out with friends, see a movie, have a healthy treat, or do something active and fun.

Manage any relapses

  • It’s quite normal to find yourself lapsing into old habits.
  • Don’t despair or get too down on yourself.
  • Try to return to your healthy behaviours as soon as possible.
  • Permanent change requires a new behaviour or activity being incorporated into your lifestyle in order to become a habit and part of your daily routine.

Source: https://psychlopaedia.org/top-tips/six-steps-healthier-lifestyle/

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