Breaking Bad….Habits!

One of the great challenges in attempting to improve how we live is to break the bad habits. Sometimes it seems that the bad habits are the only ones that really persist. Bad habits seem easier to maintain. Bad habits are often the ones that we secretly enjoy, no matter how harmful they may be tobubble-19329_1920 our health.
It isn’t all bad news though. We know that some people are able and willing to make the necessary changes in their lifestyle choices to promote better health but many people are stuck in the old, bad habits that get in the way of enjoying life, happiness and well being. The Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Centre, James Prochaska, has designed a six-part model to help us understand the different stages that are involved in breaking a whole range of bad habits such as smoking, over-eating and alcohol abuse.
The model starts with Precontemplation, the first stage in which an individual is absolutely not interested in making any changes. It’s important to recognise that many people with health issues people fit into this category. The response is not to force any new behaviours on the individual but to give support, counselling and good information on how and why the changes can make a difference. Patience, logic, kindness and persistence are the keys to helping here.
The second stage identifies the point when an individual is starting to think about the required changes but hasn’t made the commitment to take action. This point is referred to as the Contemplation Stage. This is where positive encouragement and more information can be very helpful, particularly if there is a well-informed support group on hand to lend practical advice and enthusiasm to the project.
Most people would imagine that this is where we rush into action and take the first real steps in the new and exciting programme for change but there is an important Preparation Stage first. This is where the motivated individual receives the outline of the action plan for whatever changes have been agreed and this stage helps to ease the person into new ways of thinking and behaving. It usually involves some preparatory exercises too so that the scale of the plan doesn’t overwhelm the individual.

The Action Stage is based on planning, support, rewards and continuity. People will need to feel rewarded for their successes and receive constant reminders of their commitments and goals. Controlling their environment is essential for boosting the chances of success. Removing obvious sources of temptation plus the encouragement of key individuals can add momentum to the plan and keep the individual comfortably on track towards their new health and well being goals.

Once the plan is under way, you can probably guess the next priority. It’s the fifth stage and it’s called Maintenance because every good plan, worthwhile idea and meaningful project needs continuity to succeed. It seems that a clear focus on the stated goals can keep an individual focused on the end result. Building on the early successes, we create momentum and the motivation to keep going, to go further and reach our stated goals.

When we’ve achieved our goal, we reach the final phase of the model which is simply called Termination. The success of the project implies that the individual has developed new behaviours, good habits, which have now become part of the normal range of daily responses. The project has evolved into a good habit and no longer requires special attention.

Research suggests that the real challenge with weight loss is the need to recognise how our behaviour underlies our health and well being. If this interesting behavioural model helps us to encourage more people to take responsibility for their health, the world may become a healthier, happier place with less dependency on pharmaceuticals for our quality of life.

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What you think, you become

bubble-19329_1920You are what you think. How often have you heard that expression?

It’s a concept that can shape your entire future. As you learn to break free from the limitations of your background, you can shape powerful, positive new thoughts and images that will lead to a more fulfilling life.

These ideas are not new. They’ve been part of the human experience for thousands of years and, thanks to modern communications, have never been easier to access. Our health, our success, our purpose in this world can all be enhanced by consciously focusing on positive thoughts and feelings. Developing simple affirmations can offset all the baggage and restrictions of the past.

Find positive expressions to describe how you want your life to be. Repeat your affirmation as often as you can. Engage your new vision and see your life evolve along its new, happier, healthier pathway.

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Glass half empty or half full?

glass half fullFor thousands of years we have understood that our lives are deeply influenced by our thoughts and feelings. Humans are incredibly creative but too often we use our mental and emotional energy to focus on wholly negative outcomes. It’s part of our evolution.

We learned to anticipate danger to ensure our survival. But when we focus entirely on the problems and difficulties, that’s all we see. How much more powerful to focus on the positive, desired outcomes that make life so much better. How different the world appears when we engage positive thoughts and feelings.

The great challenge is to be aware of this potential for creativity and channel it towards positive results.

Begin today and see how quickly things can improve. The potential for positive change applies to every single aspect of our lives. Let us not waste it.

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Live your life free of chains

lock-218505_1920One of the greatest challenges in our lives is to recognise the limitations imposed by our upbringing. Too often I meet exceptional people who are caged and restricted by their backgrounds, by the rules laid down by their families, by the conditions of their culture and the expectations of the people around them.

Life is too short to be lived in the chains of our conditioning.

We spend too much of our lives playing the roles laid down by our cultural surroundings. It might not be comfortable to break free of our bonds. It might feel very strange to step beyond the limits of our conditioning.

But it seems tragic to spend the gift of our lives in bondage to values and restrictions that have little to do with our deepest potential for happiness, fulfilment and self-expression. These natural, liberating forces that exist within each of us seek positive outlets, harming none, in a quest to bring us closer to who we really are.

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Happiness is not material

afghani-60699_1920Isn’t it simply ironic that our possessions seem rather to possess us! Happiness is a state of mind and a way of being. Being blessed with material comfort is wonderful. Finding the powerful energy of happiness in our own hearts represents a different order of magnitude in the scale of human experience.

Happiness is one of the most powerful and essential ingredients for complete wellness that a human being can experience. We tend to associate happiness though with specific events, situations or conditions. Our entire culture supports this assumption and we’re conditioned by advertising, fiction, entertainment and the media in general to believe that as long as we have certain things then, in some mysterious way, we’re bound to find happiness.

So why doesn’t this brilliant assumption work? Why is it that the more we have, the less we enjoy it? I am not suggesting that we dispose of all our treasured possessions so that we might aspire to true happiness and contentment.

Learning to feel at ease with ourselves in spite of our imperfections, cultivating inner peace and calm in the midst of a chaotic world, allowing the power of happiness to shine in our hearts – these simple mechanisms set us free from the world’s illusions and provide us with something truly beautiful: the reflection of the greatness that is within every person on the planet.

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Posture Check!

man-311326Posture Check….are YOU doing this regularly?

Are you sitting comfortably?? Good. Then let’s begin.

There’s a high probability that you sit in the same position for far too long during the day. Not just the same position. Probably the wrong position too! Vast numbers of people spend their day hunched in front of a computer screen, hammering away at a keyboard, hardly breathing, moving a mouse round a mousepad and wondering why their bodies get uncomfortable, stiff and tired.

Meetings are another potential source of discomfort. The fact is that humans rarely sustain their focus and attention for more than twenty minutes at a time so those hours-long meetings can sap the will and energy of all the participants.

The answer to this particular pair of problems is incredibly easy and simple. All you have to do is move. That’s right. Move…..share this blog …and go to the full article to read more at Pain Management: Change Your Posture Change Your Life (Get Pain Free) Your Pain Release Book: (10 Days to Revolutionise and Free Your Posture)Your Cure for Chronic Neck/Back Pain

Explaining yourself often?

argument-238529_1920Do you often feel the need to explain yourself? Do you ever find yourself telling others why you do things, justifying your thoughts, feelings and behaviour? This might not be a good habit.

If you’re comfortable with whatever you’re doing, how you feel or how you express yourself, you shouldn’t need to explain or justify these things to anyone. The need to explain is often a mechanism for excusing ourselves or for seeking approval from others.

The important part is to understand yourself. Then you’re less likely to get lost in the stories we weave to justify our actions. If you’re not comfortable with your behaviour, change it. If you’re not producing the results you want, repeating the same thoughts, feelings or actions will only continue to produce the same outcomes.

Explaining yourself to others rarely produces anything worthwhile. Changing how we think, feel and behave is the gift we possess to alter the outcomes of our life.

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Sleep ritual

switch-36000Do you have a nightly ritual to help you sleep? Most of us wake up feeling tired and convinced we could use a few more hours rest.

But there are alternatives. We can train our minds and bodies to relax deeply before we go to bed and this will help us to enjoy a truly restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Avoiding food for the three hours before we get into bed is a great habit to cultivate. Switching off phones. televisions and media devices for at least one hour before bedtime can signal a calming change of pace to our minds and help us to slow down our frenetic mental activity. Breathing more deeply, taking a bath with your favourite oils, playing gentle, calming music and allowing your neck and shoulder muscles to relax.

These simple actions are a great formula for improved sleep. Telling yourself calmly and clearly that you will sleep wonderfully and wake up feeling fantastic can programme our minds and bodies to rest more effectively and benefit from a great night’s sleep.

Try it tonight. You might just love the results.

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Everyone is busy, all the more reason to Meditate

woman-407179_1920Do you take time to find a calmer, more relaxed state of mind during the day?

Meditation is a vital tool for training the mind and body to relax, but if you feel you don’t have time during the day to meditate, you might try a mini-meditation that only takes a few minutes. It’s simply a matter of breathing more deeply and more slowly, relaxing your neck, back and shoulders and bringing your attention to a fixed point.

Perhaps a simple picture or image can act as a focal point, allowing you to concentrate on the present moment, releasing the stresses and tensions of the day, bringing your awareness to a deeper state of calm, renewing your energy and stabilising your emotions.

Practising this simple technique only requires a minute or two but it is so easy to incorporate into your daily routine that you can use it every hour of the day to regain your natural balance and equilibrium. The benefits filter into every aspect of your life.

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Drink that sunshine

man-329817_1920Are you getting enough sunshine? Despite all the scare stories about the effects of sunlight on our skin, most Northern Europeans are surprisingly deficient in Vitamin D. The effects of too little exposure to the sun can be surprising. Even in the Summer, we cover up and apply total block sun screens, hide under beach umbrellas and avoid getting the sun on our skin.

Too much exposure can obviously cause damage to the skin but too little is often a source of different kinds of health problems. Vitamin D deficiency can produce problems in the immune system, mental and emotional imbalance and interfere with the body’s metabolic function, leading to depleted energy levels and muscle fatigue.

Supplements are one solution but the body prefers to produce Vitamin D naturally from moderate exposure to sunlight. And sunbathing is a much more fun way to boost your body’s health!

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