Our health coaches at Davidson Clergy Center  are beginning to advise us that we should talk about “The Wall” – that phenomenon that occurs about three months into making a planned behavior change. Suddenly, the great plan doesn’t seem so great and workable any more, and with the change of time, weather, season, workload, suddenly “back-sliding” ( a medical term) can occur. This is a normal, expected stage in making long-term change.
So, what to do if you’re confronting the Wall? Confess it! Talk to your coach and your support partners. Now that you know it’s normal, you don’t have to add guilt to the list of obstacles. Then take new action: change your exercise routine, try a new recipe, meditate, ask God for help.
What works for you? What practices have you found helpful in keeping you mindful of a decision and energized about keeping it going?
Know that in the press of the holiday season, we are cheering you on from the sidelines and keeping you in our prayers.
Yours in health,
Robin Swift, MPH
Health Programs Director
Clergy Health Initiative