Everyday Health asked five psychologists to provide a list of things they would like to see their patients do. They were quite consistent in their replies and suggested these 5 things:
1. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is about being present in the moment without judgment. In addition, Dr. Greenberg, psychologist and author of upcoming book “The Stress-Resistant Brain,” notes that an important step is to build an “observer perspective” on yourself and your life.
2. Be kind to yourself
According to Dr. Greenberg:
Change happens when you drop perfectionism and give yourself permission to be a human being who makes mistakes.
3. Practice self-observation and evaluation
It is important to also examine yourself realistically, such as understanding what triggers a return of behaviors.
4. Do what you can to stay physically healthy
The psychologists suggest good sleep, keeping a food diary, and exercising on a schedule.
5. Make and strengthen healthy relationships
Dr. Rego, director of psychology training and associate professor, notes that strong, healthy relationships can serve as a buffer for life’s stresses. Dr. Greenberg adds that you may need to remove yourself from unhealthy relationships to create room for healthier ones.
Read the entire article at Everyday Health.