Health care is focusing a lot more on preventing sickness instead of just treating it. We don’t have control over everything but there are some things we know can increase the odds of our staying healthy. You probably know a lot about what you should do but actually doing it is another matter. We call this the Intent-Behaviour gap… what we want to do and what we do.
It helps to have the combo of a trigger, desire, and being able to perform the skill. Also, it really helps to have something called self-efficacy (your belief that you can do it).
Bad news first: There’s no silver-bullet.
The good news: Evidence supports some pretty manageable things you can do to change your habits. Our advice is to focus on small changes to your weekly habits and to create situations that make it more likely you’ll make the right decision. It’ll take some nudging, tweaking and re-framing but it’s not about perfection. So be optimistic (P.S. that helps too!) and seek consistency not perfection (the 80-20 rule).
| ||It's not one behaviour. It's not one big change.
||Here is a infographic that reflects a healthy behaviour cascade (Not in order..is there an order?). It's big picture, small changes and it's not about perfection.|
| ||New Year's Resolutions
||You're 10 times more likely to stick to a change made at New Year's. Why? What does the science say? This white board covers these questions and also looks at what helps people make sustainable behaviour changes.|
| ||Quitting Smoking: A Whiteboard
||This EHL video tries to answer the question: what is the single best thing you can do to quit smoking?|
| ||Small Nudges in the Right Direction
||Dr. Mike talks to Mary Ito about how we can tweak our daily routines and make small changes to our surroundings to nudge ourselves towards healthier behaviours.|
| ||Talk Medicine: 23.5 Hours to Switch Behaviour
||In this British Medical Journal (BMJ) podcast Doc Mike joins a panel discussion about why changing your behaviour is so hard and what you can do to make healthier choices easier.|
| ||The Science of Change
||Dr. Mike discusses planned versus unplanned change, choice-architecture, self-efficacy and more on CBC Fresh Air.|
The Best of the Rest
||In this Wellness Module Here to Help B.C. breaks down the steps to solving life's big and small problems.
||Lots of great Wellness Modules on this site. This PDF gives great tips to help you break down life's challenges into manageable chunks. Easy to follow, practical advice.|