Let’s face it. Although most of us know there are lots of things we could do to become healthier and happier, we aren’t always ready to make those things happen. Life intrudes. Life hijacks our awareness, or a real crisis actually presents itself.
So we avoid thinking about change. Or we think about it, but we don’t make a plan of action. At some point, however, we start planning and preparing to change. And then finally….We act!
(Two bright guys named Carlo C. DiClemente and J. O. Prochaska researched and described these recognizable stages of change. The best interventions are tailored to meet your needs depending on the stage in which you find yourself.)
So now you are ready to take action. “I’m going to stop telling myself I’m stupid!” “I will tell myself I deserve love.” “I will take those deep belly breaths when I feel stressed.”
(Prochaska and DiClemente would say you have entered either the “Action” stage.)
But even though you are ready and armed with the best intentions, you might still get busy and forget to take action. Darn! “It’s three o’clock and I haven’t taken a belly breath yet.” “What was that affirmation I was supposed to be telling myself?” Darn, darn, darn.
The best laid plans from your therapy session or your personal journey can get pushed to the side by the hectic pace of day to day life.
This is where the IAmAwareNow Therapy Reminder App can help. You can program it to send you periodic Reminders of your wellness practices. (The Reminders are “push notifications”, which appear like texts on your cell phone along with either a vibration or a chosen ring tone.)
NOW you can remember your wellness practices! “I Deserve Love!” “Take A Belly Breath!”
When you are ready to change, the app is like having a portable friend who gently reminds you of what it is you really want to do to be healthier. “Oh YES! I DO want to feel better!”
If you’re not in the “ready to change” stage, you may find you either ignore the notifications or you find them annoying. Stop the notifications until the time is right. (Or, pay attention to your annoyance and journal about it or discuss it with your therapist.)
But don’t worry! You’ll be ready when you’re ready. The IAmAwareNow Therapy Reminder App will be there to help you when you are.
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