EXERCISE DEALING WITH FEELINGS
Long-standing habits are difficult to change in part because many of them represent ways people have developed to cope with certain feelings. For example, people may overeat when bored, skip their exercise sessions when frustrated, or drink alcoholic beverages when anxious. Developing new ways to deal with feelings can help improve the chance that a behavior change program will succeed.
Review the records on your target behavior that you kept in your health journal. Identify the feelings that are interfering with the success of your program, and develop new strategies for coping with them. Some common problematic feelings are listed below, along with one possible coping strategy for each. Put a check mark next to those that are influencing your target behavior, and fill in additional strategies. Add the other feelings that are significant roadblocks in your program to the bottom of the chart, along with coping strategies for each.
Feeling Coping Strategies
Stressed out Go for a 10-minute walk.
Anxious Do one of the relaxation exercises described in Post 10.
Bored Call a friend for a chat.
Tired Take a 20-minute nap.
Frustrated Identify the source of the feeling and deal with it constructively.
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