decision making

Finding it hard to stay on track? Use this strategy:

This week we are focusing on the psychology of healthy eating, but you can use this technique with any kind of desired behaviour change in mind.

Psychology of healthy eating tip #4: Brainstorm your “IF… THEN” statements.

Anticipate situations that might make it hard to stick to healthy food choices and have a plan in place to deal with it. These “If X happens… then I will do Y” statements can be powerful primers that help you make better decisions and stay on course.

Spend some time brainstorming yours and write them down to help cement them.

So, for example… If I’m having a coffee, then make it a skim with no sugar. If a friend wants to catch up, then suggest a walk together rather than our connection revolving around food…

Tune in tomorrow for my favourite “if… then” primer.

If it’s hard getting creative, drop me a line! Sometimes you just need a sounding board.

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Feeling pressed for time? 12 quick tips to maximise yours:

There are no surprises here – time is a fixed entity. So what you’ve got is what you’ve got. The good news is that you have plenty of power over how you conceive it and then parcel it out. Here are my 12 top tips to get the most of your time:

1. Use the 4 D’s:

  • Do it now – it is important and it must be done by you.
  • Defer it – you need to do it but it can wait. Schedule it for later.
  • Delegate it – it is important, but someone else can do it. Give yourself permission to use this one!
  • Dump it – it actually doesn’t need to be done… Read more »
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6 steps to get you back into the FLOW

 

Are you in the flow of life or are you struggling against the tide?

Being in the flow of life… that feeling you get when the universe conspires to help you do what you have your heart set on.

Or are you feeling a bit stuck… the sense that you are being thwarted, by life or by yourself, despite your best intentions.

How can we get back into the flow? Read more »

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How to stop sabotaging yourself

Stop self sabotage by harnessing the power of your PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE self.

Are you trying to create change in your life? Have you set an intention that you are working towards? Do you have a vision you feel passionate about realising? Consider the concepts of “past”, “present” and “future” self to help you in this process…

Let’s take, for example, a goal concerning your ‘health and wellbeing‘. First, you need to get really clear on what it means to you to be healthy. How do you see health and wellbeing manifesting in your life? Rather than setting a broad goal of “being healthy”, pinpoint more closely what you value and aspire to. A more effective goal could be something like “feeling vital, vibrant and being a positive role model for my kids”.

Using the concepts of past, present and future self to help you achieve greater vitality, you could reflect on the following questions: Read more »

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It’s Christmas! How to have your cake and eat it too…

As the festive season dawns upon us with the multitude of Christmas catch ups, family gatherings, work do’s, the odd glass of bubbly and all the other trimmings, how can we minimise the blowout on the health, fitness and well being front?

Notice I say ‘minimise’ rather than ‘avoid’ because if you can’t let your hair down at Christmas, when can you! Here are some ideas to consider so you can still be merry without negating all your hard work… Read more »

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