By Laura G. Farres, Ph.D., Ch. P.C.
Exercising more, eating right, stopping smoking are just some of the lifestyle changes that individuals may consider pursuing.
Everyone can learn to use their mental GIFTS to help them make lifestyle changes and enjoy activities more. Integrating your mental GIFTS into the daily routine is an important part of that process.
Goals provide direction and a sense of purpose. It is important to set a clear path for lifestyle change but more importantly to set little goals each day to enable the change to happen.
Here are some suggestions for making goals a regular part of your path to change:
Imagery can enhance lifestyle change if individuals use it to mentally rehearse how they would like their day to unfold. Imagery can also be a powerful tool if individuals use it to anticipate feelings of excitement or enjoyment related to an upcoming activity or to see themselves moving toward and achieving their goals.
Here are some suggestions for making imagery a regular part of your path to change:
Change takes time and sometimes if goals are not being achieved quickly enough, it may cause individuals to get frustrated or be negative. Lifestyle change is a process and at times it is normal to feel frustrated or overwhelmed. The key is to learn to ride out these times with strategies that can help manage feelings on a day to day basis.
Here are some suggestions for integrating feeling management into your path to change:
Sometimes individuals may doubt their ability to make the change. These negative thoughts can have a big impact on feelings and on the ability to accomplish the desired goals. Often these thoughts can be so powerful that individuals need to address them specifically.
This is especially the case when the thoughts involve putdowns or self-criticism. Negative thinking can damage self-confidence and the ability to achieve lifestyle changes.
Here are some suggestions for integrating thought management into your path to change:
Lifestyle can be supported by developing personal routines, strategies, and triggers that create the best possible chance for the goals to be achieved.
Here are some suggestions for integrating support strategies into your path to change:
Integrating mental strategies into your path to change can help you feel more in control of your choices and your belief that you can accomplish your goals. There are numerous strategies that can be used to support your lifestyle change.
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