Today, we accept that there is a powerful mind-body connection through which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect our health. Whole Person’s Mind-Body Wellness Series uses mind body wellness techniques to address physical and mental issues folks are struggling with every day.
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Behavior Modification programs provide a process to PERMANENTLY change destructive and negative emotions and replace them with positive ones that will lead to greater health and well-being. The behavior modification program included in this series of workbooks contains several critical components:
Motivated Behavior Modification (MBM) Components
STEP 1: Self-Assessment – The first step in modifying behavior utilizing mind-body wellness techniques involves determining the frequency, circumstances, and outcomes of the emotions to be altered or enhanced. MBM relies on objective self-assessment to determine each participant’s unhealthy emotions and to establish a baseline for their strengths and limitations. Once a baseline is established, the data collected can be used to track a participant’s progress in changing unhealthy emotions to more healthy ones. The self-assessments contained in this workbook are referred to as “formative assessments” and can be used to assess participant’s current level of functioning and also to measure emotional change over time. In this stage, people acknowledge that they have a problem and begin to seriously think about making healthier lifestyle changes. They want to explore in depth the level of their difficulties in changing negative emotions. Self-assessments are very powerful tools for helping participants learn more about themselves to gain valuable insights into their constructive and destructive emotions. Self-assessments are used by participants to better understand themselves and gain valuable insights into their thinking, feelings and behaviors. Self-assessments allow facilitators to gather information about participants to get a complete picture of each person.
STEP 2: Support System – The next step in behavior modification involves participants recognizing who is in their support system and identifying which people are supportive of which topics. This requires participants to think about who can support them through each particular behavior modification, what their supporters can do, and how they will help. Support people may vary for each behavior. The person who is being supportive about low self-esteem can be different from the one being supportive about balancing work and personal life.
STEP 3: Journaling – The next step in behavior modification is journaling answers to specific questions.
Journaling has been shown to be very effective in helping people to think critically about themselves and issues they are coping with. It is wise to remind participants not to concern themselves with grammar or spelling. Just free-writing thoughts and ideas is the purpose of the journal.
STEP 4: Goal Setting – The next step in behavior modification is to set goals to modify behavior. Goals initiate an action plan and are necessary to motivate behavioral change. Participants will set goals that will replace their old, negative habits with new, healthier habits. It is important to help participants determine which specific behaviors they want to change. This will help to give order and context to the change process. Goals provide participants with direction, priorities and a well-conceived action plan for MBM.
STEP 5: Monitoring – The next step is to monitor behaviors until desired outcomes are reached. Sections will be included for participants to keep a regular record of their activities and progress. Motivation is the intrinsic drive that pushes participants into action and makes permanent behavioral changes. Motivation is enhanced when participants are working toward specific goals and monitoring their progress as they continue to make motivated behavioral modifications. By monitoring their progress as they move toward goals, participants reinforce MBM.
STEP 6: Rewards – This step defines rewards for accomplishing behavioral goals. Healthy rewards will vary from person to person. Participants will benefit by rewarding themselves for any positive steps taken to change unhealthy behaviors.
STEP 7: Tips – This final step provides insights into ways people can deal with unwanted behaviors.
The bottom line: by understanding and using a mind-body wellness approach, you can improve your health.