Have you ever felt like you’re ready to start thinking about change- whether it be a habit, a relationship, or even your hair- but you’re not exactly ready to take the steps to make the change? Don’t be too hard on yourself. This could be due to the fact that you’re simply not in the stage of change that you aspire to be in just yet.
Time for Change
One of the biggest challenges is recognizing when a change would be helpful. Here are a few things that may prompt you to consider a change.
Thoughts and Habits Worth Changing
Changing these nine thought patterns and associated behaviors that interfere with your well-being could improve your mental health.
Confessions of a Change Junkie
My affinity for change isn’t inherently good or bad, but context is key; when it comes to coping skills, one size definitely doesn’t fit all.
Changing Your Cognitive Distortions
In our everyday lives, we experience cognitive distortions. A way to alter your distortions is to practice changing your perspective.
Changing Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
We all have ways of coping or have fallen into bad habits, even addictions. You may have decided you want to change. But most likely you have found that actually changing just is not as easy as making the decision to do so. Change is hard for most of us.
Change: A River We Fight or Embrace
The River of Change.
We usually find ourselves entering this river suddenly and unexpectedly. Oftentimes the current is so strong that we are pulled in without a chance of eddying out or resting for even the briefest moment.
Making Choices in Seasons of Change
Change can be exhilarating, but it can be a scary thing because it asks us to step into the unknown.
Changing Our Mind
How we think affects our choices, and our choices impact our behaviors. Our behaviors in turn determine our lives. By applying simple mindfulness techniques, we might find that a change of mind can be our best friend.
Goal Setting for the Real World
What if, instead of holding ourselves to insanely high standards and seeing anything short of that as a failure, we started goal-setting in realistic ways?
What if we celebrated our small successes as valid, gave ourselves props for any forward motion, and cut ourselves slack for the moments we’re less than perfect? How might that impact our long term success?