Make change happen
At the heart of making lifestyle changes is the internal motivation to succeed, but everybody needs guidance and knowledge to get where they are going. The WELL HABIT model can help you change and grow.
Habits are our patterns of living that can bring a positive or negative outcome to your body, mind and relationships. You may want to stop unwell habits such as eating junk food, binging on video games or Netflix, or yelling at people, but habits are tricky. They can enter our lives without our awareness.
Habits are made up of three parts:
1. Trigger: An action that signals our automatic behavioural response.
2. Routine: Performing the habit itself.
3. Reward: Something positive from carrying out the routine which confirms whether or not we should repeat this behaviour in the future.
Understanding how to break old habits, or take on new habits is not as simple as it can seem. Learning about the five-step Stages of Change process helps you to see behaviour change through a different lens. You can think of it as a Stairway to Change – where you climb up a series of five sometimes challenging steps. We often dance up and down the steps for some time before getting to the final top step where you have successfully made long term changes to your habits.
Each step is very different, requiring different tools to climb to the next step. Understanding the art and science of change can help you develop habit change skill for yourself and in supporting others.
Systems Thinking is thinking about how things interact with one another so you can get insight and understanding of the whole. In the area of health and wellness, this is particularly significant as our body, mind, social, ecological and other systems can interact in unpredictable ways that can have an impact on our health. Seeing interactions that otherwise may not be visible, gives insight and understanding as for how to solve problems more holistically. For example how inadequate sleep impacts stress, depression and inflammation, how food intolerance can impact mood. This can lead to much better long term outcomes.