A Thoughtful Approach to Change

January 2019

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a nice holiday season. At the beginning of the year, it is natural to take some time to reflect on what you are doing that you would like to continue, habits you would like to stop or practices you would like to bring in.

We all know how illusive resolutions can be. In fact, resolutions made at the New Year often go hand in hand with the notion of breaking that resolve. Why is this?

Because change is really difficult. Like, one of the most difficult things to do in life. Remember that we as humans are hard wired for efficiency- that is, to get really good at continuing to think and act in the ways that we have been thinking and acting.

Another reason, is that motivation and focus can be much more difficult when we are living with a movement disorder.

So how do we support ourselves? How do we engage with our efficient modeling in order to establish new habits (be they around eating, exercise, thinking?)

One model that has been quite helpful in the medical community for helping identify desired change and overcome obstacles to change is a tool called Motivational Interviewing (MI).

I was hoping we could explore a couple of the steps surrounding this model to help ourselves get on board with the changes we would like to make in our lives over the next calendar year.