At the start of a new year, we usually select new year's resolutions for ourselves. Starting the year off with a jet pack of rocket fuel, achieving all we set out to do. Working hard, hitting the gym, vegan diet. The motivation and enthusiasm is great but unfortunately the jet pack runs out of fuel and brings us crashing down to earth, just to fire it up in the new year again.
And don't get me wrong. I know how difficult it is to maintain everything - work, personal, social - it's exhausting. Our intentions aren't at fault. Health and wellbeing should be a priority. We would all like to get ahead at work. The question remains, although we have made the decision to change, why doesn't this change last on the long term?
Could it have something to do with the way we implement this behaviour change? Research shows that there are certain factors to take into consideration to ensure a long term positive behaviour change.
How to psychologically change your behaviour
A study published in 2018 outlined the positive cognitive processes which underlie positive health behaviour change. One of the fundamental findings from literature is to enjoy the activity that you undertake, while doing the activity. It is not enough to rely on the positive feelings after the workout is completed to keep you going on the long term. One size does not fit all. Research and try multiple different sports or act