If you have fallen off the healthy lifestyle wagon, do not despair or feel guilty. It happens to everyone.
You will find that it’s much easier to get back into the swing of things by being patient and kind to yourself, rather than being hard on yourself! Regain your focus, learn from the experience, and start a new day.
How to get back on track
When you find that you’ve relapsed into unhealthy habits, here is a step-by-step to help get you back on track:
- Accept that relapse is an inevitable part of life. It’s not a matter of if you relapse, but when. Don’t be discouraged!
- After a relapse, it’s important to figure out what caused it, and learn what triggers you to relapse.
- Don’t try to overcompensate by depriving yourself! Instead, reinforce healthy behaviors with small rewards.
- If you’re feeling unmotivated, try to find that spark again by rediscovering what motivated you in the beginning.
TIP: During vacations, business trips, or the holidays, come up with a plan to help you stay on track and try to find healthier alternatives to common triggers or temptations.