The following article has been provided by Dr. Joti Samra, a local clinical psychologist.
Dr. Joti Samra, clinical psychologist, organizational and media consultant and guest contributor for the Healthy UBC Newsletter, shoots straight from the hip when asked about the foundations of a healthy lifestyle. Her motto is:
– Exercise, eat healthy, and get enough sleep –
But Dr. Samra, also the host of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” and psychological consultant to CITY-TV’s “The Bachelor Canada” is the first to acknowledge that as easy as it may seem, most of us still struggle to stick to these healthy behaviours.
-We all know what we should do when it comes to our health behaviours, but we often struggle in sticking to the best of our intentions because we fall into a few common traps: making non-specific goals that are too lofty, unrealistic, and therefore unattainable–
So what does one of Canada leading psychologists recommend to avoid falling into these common traps? Answer: Five easy steps
- Step 1: Identify your goal
- Step 2: Identify your readiness to change
- Step 3: Identify barriers
- Step 4: Implement change
- Step 5: Revisit & revise
According to Dr. Samra, these can help ensure that you make health behaviour changes that actually stick.
For a detailed breakdown of all the above recommendations, and for many more interesting articles, visit www.drjotisamra.com or follow her on Twitter (@drjotisamra).
Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych., is a clinical psychologist and organizational and media consultant. She is the host of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” and was the psychological consultant to CITY-TV’s “The Bachelor Canada”. She has also served as a psychological consultant and expert to a number of other TV shows and news outlets. Dr. Samra maintains a clinical practice in Vancouver. Her website is www.drjotisamra.com and she can be followed @drjotisamra