By Dr. Laura Picciano
Whether you’ve overindulged this summer or simply decided to turn over a new leaf, there’s no better time to take charge of your health than before the business of the holiday season begins.
One of the biggest challenges to wellness that I see in my practice is the motivation to change. This can be terribly overwhelming for many patients; and it can be difficult, and often frightening, to undertake this journey alone. So many of my patients tell me they want to be on the path to wellness but, somehow, they have found themselves lost. My best advice is to start now, wherever they may be, and consider this the first step in getting themselves on the road to better health.
Most people know what they should be doing to aim towards their health goals, yet best intentions often do not translate into meaningful action. A couple of insights come to mind here. Pick one or two of your most troublesome health concerns and focus on them with full attention. Develop a complete plan with the assistance of your physician and learn all you can about each issue you face and how to take control. Do not try to tackle everything at once. This is a very common pitfall which leads to frustration and failure. Remember that lasting change takes time and generally requires a major commitment that will often involve assistance from others around you. I tell my patients to remind themselves of the old saying that failure to plan makes for plans to fail! One of the biggest obstacles I see is repeating the same course of action without dealing with the root of the issue. This is probably the hardest thing we all have to face. However, when we handle these often difficult problems, there is much that can be gained and we can finally move towards a path that creates wellness rather than the typical day-to-day survival.