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Making Positive Changes

Tips for Making Healthy Changes

Sometimes you start trying to make a change with good intentions, but this burst of energy can be hard to keep up with. It might feel easier to go back to what you were doing before.

Sometimes even though you know you need to make changes, you never seem to be able to get going. Making a lasting change can be more difficult than we first thought. 

There are some helpful hints and tips on this page, to help you think about making lasting changes towards a healthier life for your whole family.

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Getting Started

Starting small can really help. Think about breaking down your overall goal into shorter, easier parts. Think of a simple idea that can be a change for the whole family.

Remember that children and young people learn from their parents and carers. By making better choices  you are helping your children live a healthier life.

If there are lots of areas where you want to make changes, choose just one to start with. If you tackle one thing at a time you are much more likely to keep going.

  • Think about what will help you to keep up the change you have made and what might get in the way. 
  • Write down the reasons you are making a change and put it somewhere you will see everyday so it reminds you why you wanted to make change.

Remember to review your goal. You can set reminders on your phone to prompt you.

Keep Going!

Look at how far you’ve come. Many people want a quick fix, but don’t worry if things take time. Remember to celebrate every little goal you achieve. Watch your favourite film with the family or plan a day out.

Don't let a setback make you feel like you need to give up. You can always get back on track. Remind yourself why you started in the first place, and what difference it will make to you and your family when you reach the goal.

Be kind to yourself. Sometimes we want to make changes but it isn’t the right time. Keep the goal in mind and come back to it when you feel ready. 

Find out more about keeping motivated

Who can Help?

If you are really struggling to make changes and would like some support, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. 

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum below.

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