When we look at our health and wellbeing, there is nothing more detrimental than seeing it as black and white. Our health is a continuous journey and not a permanent state. This is where the importance of the transtheoretical model comes in, otherwise known as a behaviour change model.

The transtheoretical model helps us differentiate our mindsets through stages of change that keeps us moving forwards on an upward spiral. These theories are based on over 35 years of scientific research and empirical studies and are used by health professionals around the globe.

The objective of this article is to reset your mindset, become mindful of your starting point and aware of how you will progress through stages of change in the future to maintain activity and a productive mindset.

There are 6 stages of change to the transtheoretical model created by Prochaska & DiClemente that conceptualise the process of intentional behaviour change. These can be seen in the diagram and described below.

1. Pre-contemplation (Not ready)

Employees in this stage do not see their behaviours or habits as a problem. They are unaware that they need to make a change in their lifestyles and have no intention of changing. These are the disengaged employees who have the least productive mindsets.

2. Contemplation (Getting ready)

This employee has intent to change or make a lifestyle modification in the next 6 months, they are aware that they need to make a change but are not yet willing to take immediate action.

3. Preparation (Ready)

An employee in the preparation stage is ready to take immediate action, typically within a month. They have usually taken action within the last year and have a plan of action prepared.

4. Action

Employees in the action phase have made overt lifestyle modifications within the last 6 months. The action stage comes with following an action plan and a short-term result is attained.

5. Maintenance

The employee that has been making overt lifestyle modifications for over 6 months and their objective is to prevent relapse. Employees in the maintenance stage are engaged employees; they have productive mindsets and are less tempted to relapse.

6. Relapse

Employees can enter the relapse stage at any time between the stages. Relapse restarts the cycles of behaviour change. Each time an employee enters the relapse stage and restarts their cycle the recovery time to restart becomes shorter and begins the upward spiral.

With this model in mind, think about your lifestyle:

1. Make a list of your barriers

2. Make a list of your challenges

3. Make a list of your motivations

4. Make a list of what lifestyle modifications you would like to make

5. Place yourself into the stage of change that you feel represents your mindset

There are many ways to stay mindful of your mindset and lifestyle.

Start by understanding the behaviour change model, trying the tasks above and make short-term positive change.