How to Implement Change and Nurture Wellness
14 Jan 2020
By Sarah Nankervis, Naturopath & Nutritionist
Lets implement change that lasts! Setting goals that are attainable to help you nurture your health outcomes are a great way to actually make changes that are long lasting.
Setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound) that revolve around a purpose in your life will help you achieve. What matters to you now? Connecting a goal with a meaningful outcome will improve your chances of achieving this goal
Goals need to be to be specific and achievable, so they can be ticked off and completed and are successful when they are based on our values. For example, if family relationships are an important value, related goals could be to improve your energy so you are able to play with your kids more.
Values represent what is important in life and tend to be ongoing and don’t have an endpoint so setting a goal that relates to your values will help keep you on track.
Following the SMART system to help set goals can help you implement lasting change:
Specific: Goals need to be clear and detailed. For example “I want get rid of my constant bloating”
Measurable: If you have no way to measure a goal, it’s impossible to know when you’ve met it. ” I will wake up and go to bed without bloating”
Attainable: Avoid unrealistic goals. They should be based on what you realistically can do now. If you need to make food changes and aren’t the primary cook for your evening meal is this achievable if your partner/family/housemate isn’t on board?
Relevant: Is your goal important to your life right now? Your goal needs to have a purpose. For example, “I will be able to feel more comfortable going out and being social with friends now I have no bloating”.
Time-bound: Is your goal something that you can take on right now? And is time-frame suitable? Health changes take time so make sure you give yourself the space to repair and heal.
Tips to stay focused
Break big goals into smaller ones. They won’t feel so daunting, and you’ll be able to celebrate success along the way.
Reward yourself. Positive feedback is a reward in itself, so share your accomplishments with friends and family or treat yourself to something you love. For example new gym leggings or a massage.
And remember if you are setting goals and don’t know where to start or how to make changes to achieve them we are here to help and have many strategies to help you achieve your health goal.