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Embrace change – For the health of it!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Your life does not get better by chance, but by change. Change isn’t part of the process; it is the process and this new way of doing something requires adjustment psychologically, physically and emotionally. Success will ultimately be a result of commitment to doing small yet significant things on a regular basis until they become a habit. We create our habits through our daily choices which, in turn, become our lifestyle.

It is estimated that 40% of people see the start of the New Year as the time to make resolutions and begin new habits. Only 8% actually keep their New Year resolution, according to research from the University of Scranton. Too often overly ambitious and restrictive goals are the cause of failure.

Change is challenging. If there is an area in your life that needs change to enhance your quality of life, empower yourself with positive affirmations and support partners. Take steps to form a realistic sustainable plan of action:
1. Make it simple. Our daily lives are crammed full of to-do lists and activities. Small can be significant when repeated consistently over time. Make sustainable the goal for your new habit. Also, try blending activities when possible. If looking to improve your physical well-being, consider doing some squats or a wall sit while brushing your teeth. Work in family time with walks or healthy meal preparation.
2. Be specific. Rather than saying you’re going to lose weight and start working out at that gym, set a clear ambition and schedule it. For example, I will go to the gym on Tuesday and Thursday to lift weights or I will join a workout class or participate in weekly sports league. Write it down, have an accountability partner and see it through.
3. Reward yourself. Celebrate your progress! Treat yourself to an activity or event for effort you’ve put into taking care of yourself. Remember life is a journey, not a race, so take time to enjoy the journey. It’s not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of change. Perhaps you’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

At TVH, we provide a variety of opportunities to enhance well-being through the Nudge Program. Interactive weekly wellness classes meet for thirty minutes over 40 weeks and provide insight on how to live the wellness lifestyle with simple, sustainable actions and a positive perspective. We host monthly speakers who discuss topics ranging from acupuncture and stretching to eye health and more. Quarterly walking challenges and other challenges provide fun ways to build employee engagement. Participating in these activities allows employees to earn Nudge Points that can be used toward rewards including Nudge gear and gadgets.

Wellness is not a one and done activity. Wellness is a series of activities along with a mindset to make healthy choices. Our TVH Nudge mantra says it all: DCM = Daily Choices Matter!

If you would like to know more about the TVH Nudge Health and Wellness programs, contact Lucy DelSarto, Health & Wellness Coach for TVH Americas, at lucy.delsarto@tvh.com.

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