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Changing anything big in your life can be stressful. It can seem like a lot to do. This can be especially true when the change involves tobacco, a drug, alcohol, or changing how you eat.
For some people, knowing that something has to change happens quickly. For others, it can take years. Nobody is the same. But, no matter how long it takes, many people find that asking themselves questions and thinking about their answers helps them figure out what to do next.
Even if you're not sure that change is for you, thinking about what it might be like can be helpful. You're just looking at both sides of a story.
Ask yourself questions about what you want to change, like:
Sometimes it's helpful to take a break from thinking about your behavior and the idea of changing.
Instead, think about who you are, the person you want to be, and what's most important to you. What would be your answers to the following questions?
Why are these qualities and roles important?
Now consider this:
Take a look at your answers. How would a change in a certain behavior affect who you are and what you do? How would it change the lives of the people who matter most to you?
If you're not sure that a change is right for you, try an experiment.
November 7, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Timothy R. Stockwell, PhD
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