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Psychological factors to consider for healthy living

Posted by Copeman Healthcare on October 15, 2015

Have you been trying to reach your health and wellness goals but find yourself “hitting a wall”? The good news is you are motivated to become healthier, and have taken steps to set you on the right path. Now, the next step is to develop strategies to keep you on that path.A nutritionally sound and active lifestyle helps maintain physical health and is also important for maintaining psychological and brain health including protection against depression and dementia.

Psychological factors are a key piece to helping you understand and reach your health goals. Always remember the simple FITS acronym.

Feelings: Unpleasant feelings are common triggers for overeating. Coping with stressful life events and depression or anxiety can be a barrier to engaging in healthy behaviour patterns. Monitoring your feelings for eating triggers can be a powerful tool for recognizing and changing your behaviours.

Interpersonal: Maintaining strong social networks is important for sustainable exercise and nutrition programs. Surround yourself with like-minded people who are supportive, believe in your goals, and can help you achieve them.

Thinking: Monitoring your ‘self-talk’ (internal messages about eating and self-image) is important to understanding and adjusting behaviour. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a long-term proposition, and ‘slips’ are a natural part of behaviour change.

Support: An important part of health and wellness is making use of support that is available to you, including your Copeman Healthcare team. We can help identify the most impactful changes to make while providing you with guidance and strategies to enhance your health, well-being, and quality of life.

At Copeman Healthcare, our Physicians, Kinesiologists, Family Health Nurses, Registered Dietitians, Physiotherapists, and Brain & Psychology Health teams work together to turn past failed health resolutions into future successes. Through expert diagnosis, medical and behavioural treatments, and ongoing follow up, our team can help you identify the areas you need to work on, and guide you down the most appropriate health pathway.

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