The majority of our clients are busy, busy people. So we work with them to find solutions that fit within the context of their lives and their schedules. It’s tough, but it can be done with a little effort.
Today and tomorrow I will cover two topics that include suggestions on how to get this process started. Today we’ll talk about awareness and tomorrow will be actions. Executing these two steps can build the behaviors you need to see the outcomes you want.
For me…awareness is the first step to figure out where to go next. A client has to first be aware of what’s going on with their day-to-day activities, thoughts, schedules, etc.
How we feel impacts everything in our lives so we look at everything related to lifestyle, exercise, attitude and nutrition.
- How do they live? What activities are they doing for themselves or with their family? How much stress is in there life?
- How much exercise do they get? What do they enjoy doing?
- What are they thinking? How do they view themselves? Their lives? Are they a can-do or can’t-do person?
- What are they eating/drinking? When? Why? What are their triggers?
There are tons of questions that we can investigate further, but many times the client has an idea of the challenges they face so we start there.
Building greater awareness takes time and practice, but can still be done slowly with small steps.
Here are a few ideas to help build awareness for the challenges that you face.
Notice & Name
If this is a new process for you I would suggest starting here. Begin to build the awareness of what’s going on. Ask yourself the following questions to notice…and learn to pay attention.
What am I doing…right now?
What am I thinking…right now?
What’s around me…right now?
Naming means you take an extra moment to describe what’s going on or what you are doing…without judgment.
Here is an example: I didn’t have time to pack a lunch so that means I’m more likely to grab a not-so-healthy option.
We’ll get into actions more tomorrow so for now…just pay more attention.
As you get further into the process, you may need to dive deeper into eating behaviors. There are many versions of a food journal that can be used for several different reasons. Which one to use is based on the client’s needs.
Tracking food intake may be to get a high level overview of what’s being eaten and when. Or it can be used to dive into deeper issues involving emotional eating or mindless eating.
You can track how fast you eat or how much you eat. How do you feel before, during and after you eat.
It can be as simple as snapping pictures of what you are eating at each meal.
The options are endless and we’ll work together to figure out what makes sense for you.
Daily recognition of what we are grateful for can go a long way in building a positive attitude and lifestyle. With the hectic world we live in…sometimes we forget how much good there really is in our lives.
Some days this can be something super simple while other days it can be pretty significant in our lives.
Learning to shape what’s in your world is critical to your success. You want to shape that path so that everything around you is moving you forward so that you can live that healthy, happy lifestyle.
Are you ready to learn how to become more aware of your world? Reach out so we can setup time to talk.