It's the time of the year when many of us begin to think about a new start. Whether it's losing weight, quitting smoking, getting more exercise or one of a myriad resolutions, most of us consider the beginning of a new year an opportunity for change and new beginnings. For most of us that process of change begins by identifying the bad habit. To learn and understand your habit, break it down. Ask yourself "what are the triggers that cause me to (do whatever it is you want to change). Next break down the actual behavior of the habit ( what do you do, where, when, are you alone or with others). Then think about why you have the habit - what are the rewards? Finally, identify how you are going to change the triggers, behaviors and rewards to attain your goals. It is o.k. to look for help in making those changes. Smart people use tools. You can dig a hole with your fingernails. It's a lot easier to use a backhoe. So get help where you can - a personal trainer may help you to get started in an exercise program, a registered dietician may help you plan your meals. A hypnotherapist can be another great tool in supporting new beginnings. Be smart. Get the help you need to make new beginnings. And BE WELL.