Staying motivated

Motivating yourself can be hard, especially if you feel like what you’ve been doing hasn’t been working. But like most things, sticking at it is what makes all the difference.

Here’s some tips for staying on top of your incontinence treatments and management plan:

 

  1. Set achievable goals – Develop some realistic goals.With your doctor or health professional so it’s clear what you’re working towards.
  2. Break your goals down into mini goals – Start small rather than focusing on your one big end goal. It’s a good way to feel like you’re achieving things more quickly. Start with something as simple as “make sure I’m drinking enough fluids throughout the day”. Lots of small wins still add up to the big win in the end.
  3. Identify any barriers – Name what might get in the way of you achieving your goals. Calling this out will help you work out how to solve them if they become problems. This might mean working out if now is the right time for you, or whether there are other things you need to get on top of first before you can give your goals your best shot.
  4. Tell others about your goals – Developing your treatment and management goals with your doctor or other health professional means they know how to better support you. Saying them out loud helps too, so think about getting your family or trusted adults on board so they can help you out too.

 

Explore ReachOut for more ideas on goal setting and ways to stay motivated.

 

Does your doctor feel right? If not, you have options

Your doctor will be able to help you with strategies for staying motivated. If you’re not happy with your doctor or think they don’t properly understand your concerns, you can look into changing doctors or seeing a different health professional. Talk to a trusted adult about your options.

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