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Overcoming setbacks on your health journey


No matter how motivated we are to eat better, quit smoking, lose weight or move more, sometimes we slip up. We’re only human, after all. Each setback, small or large, is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Here are some things to think about as you work to get back on track:

  1. Awareness. Everyone fails, so why is it so hard to admit it? Accepting you're not weak for slipping - and that you're not alone - can help you focus on learning from the experience and planning what success will look like the next time you’re faced with a challenge.
  2. Process. Take time to think about the whys and hows of what went wrong. Maybe you slipped up during a stressful time at work, or maybe you were busy with social obligations and didn't make exercise a priority. Understanding why can help you avoid making the same mistake twice. Focus on what you can change, and make your goals realistic, specific, and measurable.
  3. Forgive yourself. Improving your health doesn't begin and end with a single goal. It’s a journey. Be kind to yourself!
  4. Ask for help. Look to others for support. Find a family member or friend with a similar goal to help with support and motivation.
  5. Try again. Don’t give up. Failure is just one step in your journey to better health - an important step that can help you learn and succeed!

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