I know that peanut butter cups are not good for my health, and yet I keep eating them. Why is it that so many people smoke even though the health consequences are widely known? We all know that inactivity and unhealthy eating contributes to preventable premature death and ill health, yet we don't change these behaviors.
Sure, it might sound easy to just “take a medication” or “fit in a workout,” but these behaviors are easily derailed, especially when you are busy or stressed. Behaviors are part of a complex system where one behavior is influenced by others. Our culture sells us unhealthy behaviors and markets them as desirable (i.e. fast food). Our brains are designed to stay conditioned, making old habits tough to break. Our motivation, mood, and environments can interfere with our best intentions. We have roadblocks everywhere, like addiction, guilt, fear, shame, Ben and Jerry.
It’s not that you are undisciplined or lack willpower. You just don't have the right tools to create lasting changes.
You've probably discovered that it's not enough just to have a goal; you need to have practical ways of reaching it. Starting a new habit is easy but maintaining it is much harder. It turns out that the strategies to integrate change into your daily routine (habit formation) are very different from those used to initiate change.
This is where I can help. Considerable research has sought to identify factors that contribute to successful behavior change and to develop more effective tools for therapists like me to help you adopt healthier habits.
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specific health-related goals we may focus on:
Making dietary changes
Improving physical activity
Reducing or abstaining from alcohol and drugs
Reducing stress to improve health
Dealing with multiple-risk health behaviors
Preventing and managing chronic cardiovascular or chronic respiratory diseases
Diabetes prevention and management
Cancer prevention and management
Obesity and weight loss
Behaviors contributing to injuries
Sexual behaviors that contribute to unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
Improving general self-care to treat or prevent disease
ways i can help you meet your goals:
Making health behavior change meaningful
Promoting positive feelings about behavior change
Improving your personal commitments to new behaviors
Developing a belief that you can change
Setting goals and learning how to achieve them
Understanding social and cultural influences on health behaviors
Improving your knowledge about the health consequences of your behaviors
Gaining knowledge about how your brain can both hijack and support your change efforts
Learning how to monitor your behavior in a way that is helpful
Using less critical self-talk to support your health journey
Learning how to overcome slip ups and relapses without giving up
Dealing with strong urges, impulses, and automatic behaviors
Learning developmental influences on behavior change