Change isn’t all or nothing, and change doesn’t always equal action either. Successful change can be incremental and unfold over time as you become more ready to take on a new behaviour.
Change isn’t easy and changing diet and lifestyle habits can be particularly difficult. It is very normal to not succeed straight away. Progress isn’t linear, and it comes with ups and downs, successes and setbacks.
Why do so many resolutions fail? It is often not for lack of motivation or enthusiasm. Most of us are incredibly motivated at the start, but after a few weeks this motivation slowly ebbs away, and it gets more and more difficult to stick to the desired healthy habits.
We often hear about the importance of proper communication. How we should talk more, to express our feelings and how we should work on our communication skills. And while this is imperative to our relationships and our wellbeing, one piece of the puzzle is often missing: listening. I believe listening is one of the most important yet underrated skills in our modern-day society.
Lifestyle change is difficult, especially if you are doing it alone. It is why so many new years resolutions fail every year. Ever tried a new way of eating but haven’t been able to stick to it? Or signed up to the gym but not finding the time to go? Or tried to go to bed earlier, but that next Netflix episode gets in the way? Many people nod yes, and this is where working with a health coach can help.
Most of us start our journey of health with massive ambitions. You feel energized, motivated and ready to turn your diet on its head, or rather, on its feet. You clear all the crisps, sweets and treats from your cupboard, and fill your trolley with Wholefoods goodness. But two weeks in, and you’re binging on a tub of Ben & Jerry’s while watching a trashy film.
In the following article, I’d like to discuss the role of coaching and its ability to support your nutrition program and health journey. Many clients start come to see us at Steve Grant Health with a lot of enthusiasm, only to discover that changing their behaviour can be a bit trickier than anticipated.
Before determining the in’s and outs of healthy nutrition one crucial area that must be talked about is the psychology of change. Understanding why we want to make change and forming relationships between the new habits and our current highest life values is an important step.