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So you're ready to make a change that matters to you. You've planned for this change. You have your larger plan and smaller steps defined. Here are some things you can do to help you stay focused and make it easier to manage temptation, track your progress, and keep things positive and rewarding.
Cravings can be triggered by events, places, or even people. You may find triggers in:
Ask yourself: What things can trigger the behavior I want to change? Then write them down.
To help you plan, you might ask yourself:
Here are some examples of ways you can plan ahead.
You can learn to cope with cravings. Each success you have with resisting a craving makes it easier next time. Over time, cravings get weaker and go away.
Tracking your progress may be something you naturally do. Or it may feel strange or like you're putting pressure on yourself. But many people who have made successful changes have found that tracking works. Looking at a record of your progress can really help you stay focused on and working toward your goals.
To track how you're doing with your plan, write down a quick daily note, keep a daily calendar, or use an online or mobile tracking tool. Use whatever works for you. It doesn't take long to see what's going well and what slip-ups you can learn from.
Changing your behavior can be a tough process. Each small success deserves credit.
If you're stopping something or doing less of it, it's normal to also feel a sense of loss. To help with this, fill your time with things that make you feel good. Spend time with people you enjoy, return to an old hobby, or try something new. Ask yourself:
That new life you imagined? It's in sight. See yourself getting past the temptations and cravings, rather than giving in to them. It may take practice, but you can do it. Just give it time.
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Current as of:
February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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