Making a positive change
Thinking about making a positive lifestyle change?
Making a healthy positive lifestyle change is a commendable goal that can have a profound impact on your physical and mental wellbeing.
Identify your goals
Start by clearly defining what you want to change and why. Understanding your motivations and setting specific, measurable goals is essential.
Understand your current behaviour
Assess barriers and triggers
What prevents you from making the desired change, and what situations or emotions trigger the behavior you want to change? Understanding these factors can help you develop strategies to overcome them.
Set realistic expectations
Create a plan
Develop a concrete plan for how you will make the change. This plan should include specific actions, timelines, and strategies for dealing with obstacles.
Utilise behavioural techniques
Consider involving friends, family, or a support group in your journey. Having a support system can provide motivation and accountability.
Use positive reinforcement
Track your progress
Continuously monitor your progress to see how far you’ve come and where you need to make adjustments.
Adapt and learn
If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to adapt your approach. Learning from failures and making necessary changes is an important part of the process.
Access support local to you
They can also advise you on the eligibility criteria for more intensive levels of support around managing a healthy weight, stopping smoking and being more active.