Here are 5 top behaviour changes that individuals embarking on healthy living behaviour change programmes can make for instant and lasting results.
1. Change your attitude
Your wellbeing success is dependent on how seriously you value yourself. From this moment onwards, your wellbeing needs to be a top priority.
Living a healthy life should not be an added bonus in your routine, it should be the bedrock of success in all other areas.
2. Make sure the timing is right
If you sense some hesitation around putting your wellbeing first, ask yourself what's stopping you, and then systematically remove or reframe each of these obstacles.
For example, if you think you're too busy to be healthy, consider the long term implications of continuing your current routines. This will provide the motivation for instant action.
3. Make a list of the biggest personal incentives for living a healthy life
If you don't have plenty of good reasons to do the right thing, you'll come up with hundreds of good reasons (i.e. excuses) to do the wrong thing, and then you'll rationalise these behaviours.
Be clear on what good wellness will provide you with including energy, focus, personal effectiveness, positive mood, confidence and a sense of achievement.
What else can you add to this list? A long list of benefits will overcome any excuses or procrastination.
4. Change your behaviour
Start with the simple things. Get hydrated, eat regularly, watch your portion sized, get active today and protect your down time.
One simple step at a time will lead to dramatic results. Simple steps will generate progress which will in turn generate further motivation.
5. Set yourself up for success
Decide on some healthy living objectives and some deadlines to meet these targets. Enter some events, team up with some colleagues to eat healthily, set some parameters around your relaxation time and decide what you'll do with this time.
Whatever resources you feel have been lacking for wellness success in the past - gather them around you now and use them to keep you on track.