Health Habit Change
“Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence, and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.”
– Gretchen Rubin, Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
Habits can be harmless – such as a morning routine of drinking coffee and reading the newspaper.
Habits can be helpful – such as regularly scheduled exercise or drinking at least eight glasses of water each day.
However, many habits are harmful, both physically and psychologically.
Here are some habits – among many others – that I can help you tackle:
- Drinking too much
- Poor sleep habits
- Procrastination and time management problems
If you’ve been contemplating change to improve your heath and well-being, I can help.
Together, we will begin a multi-staged process to help you identify places you may be getting stuck with respect to less healthy habits and redirect your time and energies to more healthful, mindful choices.
Changing your habits is challenging work! Together we will address four common stages identified when attempting health habit change*:
- Contemplation – When you first recognize that a habit needs to be changed
- Preparation – When we work together to identify ways to change the habit and make a plan for change
- Action – When you implement the plan to change the habit and we explore successes and challenges
- Maintenance – When you have successfully incorporated the change into your life or routine for more than six months (thus making it a HEALTHY HABIT!)
*Adapted from the National Institutes of Health
Coping with Chronic Medical Conditions
It is estimated that more than 100 million Americans suffer with some sort of chronic medical condition.
These conditions have debilitating and exhausting psychological co-conditions such as fatigue, anger and frustration, among others. The effects can be far reaching beyond the one suffering, as well – personal and professional relationships, work productivity and parenting can all negatively be impacted.
And though coping with a chronic condition often is difficult, it is not impossible.
Using evidence-based treatment methods, I will help you develop a individualized plan that might include:
- Identifying what you value
- Identifying, challenging, and reframing negative thoughts
- Using assertive communication with doctors and family members
- Increasing social support
- Incorporating mindfulness and relaxation strategies
- Scheduling activities that you care about
Knowing you are not alone is an important part of the healing process.
I will help you through every stage of this journey to help you learn to be more proactive and action-oriented in addressing your health needs.