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Making lifestyle changes that last

Lifestyle changes are a process that take time and require support. Once you are ready to make a change, the difficult part is committing and fallowing through. So do your research and make a plan that will prepare you for success. Careful planning means setting small goual and taking things one step at the time.

Make a plan that will stick.

Your plan is a map that will guide you on this journey of change. You can even think of it as an adventure. When making your plan, be specific. Write everything down, and ask yourself if you are confident that these activities and goals are realistic for you. If not, start with smaller steps. Post your plan where you`ll most often see it as reminder.


Start small.

After you`ve identified realistic short-term and long-term goals, break down your goals into small, manageable steps that are specifically defined and can be measured.


Change one behavior at a time.

Unhealthy behaviours devolop over the course of time, so replacing unhealthy behaviors with healty ones requires time. Many people run into problems when they try to change too much too fast. To improve your success, focus on one goal or change at the time. As new healthy behaviors become a habit, try to add another goal that works toward overall change you`re striving for.


Involve a buddy.

Whether it be a friend, co-worker or family member, someone else on your journey will keep you motivated and accountable. Talk about what are you doing. Consider joining a support group. Having someone with whom to share your struggles and successes makes the work easier and the mission less intimidating.


Ask for support.

Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and commitment. Asking a help doesn`t mean a lifetime of therapy; even just a few sessions can help you examine and set attainable goals or address the emotional issues that may be getting in your way.


Making a changes that you want takes time and commitment, but you can do it. Just remember that no one is perfect. You will have occasional lapses. Be kind to yourself. Minor missteps on the road to your goals are normal and okay. Resolve to recover and get back on track.