Sometimes we repeat unhelpful habits again and again without taking the time to stop and think why. Getting to the root of the issue can be a big help in working out how to move towards our goals.
You're fed up with hangovers but don't know where to start with changing your drinking habits. Asking yourself 'why do I drink?' is a good first step. If it helps you relax in social situations, would choosing a different social activity help? Where do you feel most confident and how can you take advantage of that? Challenge yourself to see how many alcohol-free activities you can think of. If you drink to wind down, looking for other ways to relax or minimise stress in the first place is a good starting point.
Lack of motivation is a common reason for being inactive. Identifying your reason for low motivation can help. If exercise isn't at the forefront of your mind, simple actions like placing your workout clothes in an obvious place could make all the difference. Perhaps you're not confident and need to plan some small steps to increase this such as following online videos or finding a buddy to do it with. Think about what it is you enjoy and work on finding ‘your thing’. Our team here at LiveWell enjoy everything from cycling to yoga to netball to paddle boarding!
Many people smoke as a way of coping with stress, but studies show that smoking has a negative impact on your mood. Some questions to ask yourself are: What's causing the stress? How can I reduce this? How can I deal with stress without turning to cigarettes? Read about smoking and stress to help get you started.
Snacking in the evenings is a common habit, but why is this? For some, it's due to boredom, so coming up with different ways to spend the time can reduce the urge to snack. What do you enjoy doing? Could you spend time doing something creative or active? If you snack to deal with emotions, challenging yourself to think of as many new ways as possible to boost your mood could be a good starting point. Look at the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ for some inspiration.
Once you’ve got a goal in mind – whether it's drinking less or moving more - try answering these three questions to help you get started:
This article was written by our LiveWell Coach, Addy.