The 6 Stages of Behaviour Change

Have you heard the saying ‘’old habits die hard?’’ This saying hold meaning to many of us. From people who want to lose weight, to people who want to stop smoking. I don’t think it’s presumptuous to say that we all have some habits we would like to change.

Many of us have made New Year’s resolutions we haven’t kept. A study by Strava has shown that many people give up as early as the 19th of January! Making a meaningful sustainable change isn’t a simple process. It involves a shift in mindset, effort, and commitment of time.

So, whether you want to lose weight, pack on muscle, get fit, give up smoking, or accomplish another goal it’s important to know that there is no one size fits all solution. Most people go by trial and error. That’s why we have the famous ‘YOYO Dieters’. It can be discouraging when things don’t go the way you want them to go and we often fall back to old ways and an automatic way of living.

Having an understanding of the process can help you and give you a greater chance of success. Psychologists have developed many different ways of helping people to make change a lasting change. Here we draw attention to the Transtheoretical Model or The Stages Of Change, which was originally developed in the 1970s to aid people who wanted to quit smoking. It has been found to be an effective tool in allowing people to understand the process of change.

Here the process of change is gradual and aims to create long lasting changes. To develop new habits that can become part of who a person is. For anyone looking to make long-term changes take a moment to read through the stages and see if you can place yourself.

Change isn’t easy and having the support and knowledge of experts can give you a greater chance to succeed. I hope this information was helpful to you and if you need any further advice feel free to contact us.

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