3 Tips for Making Lasting Life Changes

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Wanting to change your life is one thing, but actually setting new habits (and breaking free of old ones) is another matter altogether. Sometimes, even when we really want to start living differently, barriers and human nature get in the way. This is one of the biggest reasons why people struggle to lose weight, repair relationships, and get help for substance abuse problems.

But, while changing habits and mindsets can be difficult at first, it is certainly possible. You just need the right plan of action and support. Here are three tips you can use to start making permanent improvements in your own life:

#1: Don’t wait for the perfect time – There is never going to be the perfect time to get started in a new direction, and waiting for circumstances to align only leads to procrastination. Instead of asking “when will things be right?” think in terms of “what can I do right now?”

#2: Start small – It’s very, very difficult to make sweeping life changes under the best of conditions. So, instead of trying to make huge changes all at once, begin by adopting small habits that you can keep – and build on – over time.

#3: Expect bumps in the road – If you give up at the first misstep or sign of resistance, you’ll never be able to reach your goals. Be prepared for setbacks. Expect that things won’t go your way sometimes. With that mindset, you can deal with the inevitable bumps in the road without letting them stop you.

Need some help making big changes? Call me today and make an appointment for counseling or hypnotherapy in my Naperville office.    If there is medical (mental health) necessity, it is covered by most health insurances, but Dr. Rebeck is only in network with the Blue Cross PPO.