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Tools for Achieving behavior Change

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Tools for Achieving behavior Change

Changing health-related behaviors is a difficult challenge. Incorporate the
tools below into your Wellness initiatives to assist members in successfully
changing health behaviors.

Tool #1: Establish effective goals

  • Focus on areas that can impact the overall goal.
  • By way of example, if the overall goal is to lose weight, the most productive
    areas to focus on are the activity and dietary changes that will lead to long-term
    weight loss.
  • By way of example, stress management and improving self-esteem may also
    impact weight loss; however, improving relationships, while a worthy topic,
    will not necessarily impact weight loss.
  • Make the goals specific, attainable, and forgiving. By way of example:
  • “Exercise more” is too general.
  • “Walk five miles everyday” is specific, but may not be attainable.
  • “Walk 30 minutes everyday” is specific and more attainable,
    but is not very flexible.
  • “Walk 30 minutes, five days a week” is specific, attainable,
    and forgiving.
  • Use a series of short-term goals to achieve the ultimate goal.
  • Short-term goals break big challenges into more easily attained pieces.
  • Smaller steps also provide Employee Wellness Plan members with encouragement
    and success. These small successes are essential for maintaining motivation
    towards a long-term goal.

Tool #2: Increase self-awareness

Self-monitoring is useful for tracking behavioral and environmental cues that
trigger a particular behavior.

Keeping track of behavior status is also useful for times when progress towards
a goal is difficult to measure, or when an individual is in a maintenance stage.

Tool #3: Offer rewards and motivation

  • Encourage members to reward themselves for achieving small successes on
    the way to their ultimate goal.
  • Remember that rewards don’t always have to be “things.”
    Words of encouragement and praise can provide powerful motivation when spoken
    by a teacher, instructor, parent, friend, etc.

Tool #4: Respond effectively to set-backs

  • behavior change is conceptually a continuum. However, movement along that
    continuum is not just in one direction. People can move backwards or forwards
    or sometimes just stay put. Communicate to members that set-backs, lapses
    and even staying the same (i.e., maintenance) are common for individuals trying
    to change behavior.
  • Stress is often a factor in lapses and relapses. Offer a variety of stress
    management resources to help members better handle the stress which could
    trigger a set-back.
  • Brain storm to create a list of potential (and probable) obstacles to participant
    behavior change. Then formulate strategies to meet each of those challenges.
  • Enhanced time management and decision-making skills can be effective ways
    to overcome behavior change relapses.
  • Offer members with information regarding the behavior change process so
    that they will be better prepared for the challenges they will face. A brief
    overview of the Stages of Change may be helpful.
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