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  1. Not Ready for Change? - Topic Overview

    Maybe you're fine with the way your life's going right now. Or maybe the timing is wrong, and you need to wait to plan for a change. Either way, there might be something here that interests you.Don't change anythingThis may not be the time to make a change in your life. Instead, maybe it can be a time to take a closer look at things. Over the next 2 weeks, write down some basic facts about a behavior you might like to change. For example, some people look at how they eat, smoke, drink, or use a drug.Which days do you usually do this behavior?On each of those days, how much do you use, eat, drink, or otherwise do this behavior?Does this behavior cost you money each day? Each week? Each month?What other costs do you notice? For example, how much does this behavior affect your ability to be a good partner, parent, friend, or employee?Check in with yourselfSome people find it helpful to think about why they do the things they do. You can think of it as a moment to check in with

  2. Keeping Change Going—Your New Normal - Topic Overview

    Thinking about change, planning for change, and making your change happen all take work. Keeping a change going can be just as hard. It takes time to make it your new normal. And you can expect to have a few tough times.Stay alertTo make this change part of your new lifestyle, keep your change skills ready at all times. It's good to keep asking yourself: What were my personal reasons for making this change? Why were these important to me?What values led me to make this change? What kind of person do I want to be?What temptations do I need to watch for? What are the best ways I've handled triggers and cravings so far? What other ways can I try?Stay calm, learn, and move onIf you do slip or relapse, don't get down on yourself. You can bounce back. Nearly everyone who succeeds with change has some slips along the way. It's normal.Turn your mistake into a lesson, and learn from it. Ask yourself, What will I do differently next time?Every time you experience a craving or trigger, record it

  3. Making a Change That Matters - Topic Overview

    Almost everyone wants to change or improve some part of his or her life. For some people, it's eating better or getting more exercise. For others, it might be quitting smoking or drinking less. But whatever the change, you have to be ready to make it. And the reality is that only you know when you're ready for a change. No matter where you are—whether you're ready to change today or are thinking that nothing has to change—you've come to the right place. Which of these sounds most like you?Not Ready for Change?: My life's too crazy to deal with anything new right now, and I'm fine. I don't think my behavior is that big of a problem. Thinking About a Change?: Life could be better. I don't know how much I can do right now, but I think something needs to change.Planning for a Change That Matters: I know what hasn't worked before. I need to think this through. Making Your Change Happen: I want to do this right. I have a plan. Keeping Change Going—Your New Normal: I'm glad I made the

  4. Making Your Change Happen - Topic Overview

    So, you're ready to make a change that matters to you. You've planned for this change. You have your larger plan and smaller steps defined. Let's get started. As you start, it may help to know that you don't have to do it all at once. Taking one step at a time helps you stay focused. It makes it easier to manage temptation, track your progress, and keep things positive and rewarding.Be ready: Triggers and cravings Cravings can be triggered by events, places, or even people. Many people find that when changing the way they eat, use tobacco, drink alcohol, or use a drug, there are a lot of triggers. You may find triggers in:Things you do often.Places where you eat, drink, or otherwise spend time with others.Times when you feel bored or stressed. Mindless times, like when you're watching TV, using a computer, or driving.Use of another substance, like alcohol or tobacco. Other people who have the same habit or behavior.To help fight physical cravings, plan ahead.If you're changing the

  5. Thinking About a Change? - Topic Overview

    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.Think about the changeAsk yourself questions about what you want to change, like:In my life right now, what would I like to be different?What will happen if I don't make this change?What will I look forward to in my life after I make this change?What might my life look like in 3 years if I change my behavior?Think about yourselfSometimes it's helpful to take a break from thinking about

  6. Planning for a Change That Matters - Topic Overview

    Deciding to make a change that matters is a big step. Maybe you're feeling hopeful, excited, and ready for the change. You could be feeling nervous about changing. Or maybe you're worried that you'll let down yourself and others if you're not able to change.You are not alone. Many people who are thinking about change feel this way. It's normal. And it helps you prepare for a big step and get ready to make a plan.Many people who have been in your situation have found that having a plan—and staying focused on it—can make a big difference. To start, think about why you're hereAsk yourself some basic questions.Exactly what do I want to change?What are my personal, most powerful reasons for wanting this change?What will my life look like when I've made the change?Remember your answers to these questions. They can help you focus. You may want to repeat them to yourself over time. Think about what works and what doesn't work If you've tried to change, cut back, or quit before now,

  7. What Mindfulness Can Do for You

    Living with a mindful purpose to your daily habits can make a big difference when you’re trying to live more healthfully.

  8. Topic Overview

    You have just been diagnosed with an illness that will last your entire lifetime. You may have many different feelings,such as anger,resentment,or denial. These feelings are normal and expected because you are experiencing the loss of what your life was like before you were diagnosed with this disease. You can help yourself adjust by: Becoming aware of your loss. Although there are steps ...

  9. Pharmacy and Medication Tips

    WebMD offers tips for filling prescriptions and keeping medicine stored safely.

  10. 7 Ways to Beat Stress

    When life’s stresses creep up on you, don’t let it get you down. We will offer simple steps to relax and get centered. Tips may include exercise and meditation, healthy good-mood foods, adjusting your sleep schedule, and more.

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