Are you trying to live a healthier lifestyle? There’s no better time than now. But what about your friends and family? Do they feel the same, or do they fall into old bad habits of snacking on junk food and eating lots of carbs and fats, and not exercising?
Because our daily choices are influenced by the people we spend our time with, a healthy lifestyle includes encouraging loved ones to also live better.
Think about how hard it is to motivate yourself to change your daily habits. It’s just as hard to motivate others. But there is a powerful communal spirit in being all in the same boat that can encourage you to stick to a new health plan.
The following five tips were originally featured on the Biostation blog.
Jonathan Globerman explains that small changes, along with nurtured guidance, will help guide you and your loved ones through the challenging task of encouraging a consistent health regimen.
It can be difficult to engage in conversation about life changes. You want to encourage change without sounding offensive and inflammatory. How can you do so? Take note of the following tips.
1. Start small
Good habits take time to form; the more drastic the changes are, the harder the habits are to maintain. This is why crash diets are so popular. You can go strong after after a week or so, but then we fall back into our nasty old patterns. Encourage loved ones to focus on two or three small goals. Once the positive effects from these milestones are realizes, it will be possible to keep adding on new habits.
2. Don’t nag
Has someone ever told you, “Are you sure you want to eat that?” when you’re about to grab a second slice of pizza? Inciting judgemental comments can have the opposite effects of the comment itself. It becomes a personal attack; now you’ve become the enemy instead of a positive-minded support team. People are driven by positive affirmation, not negative remarks.
3. Be the change you want to see
Seeing someone else succeed through dieting and exercise is one of the best ways to prove to others that these changes are worth a shot. Be a healthy role model!
4. Cheer them on!
Small changes are terrifying for some folks. Exercise and diet adjustments can be grueling; more so than you might realize. It’s your job to stay positive and supportive and be an inspiring role model.
5. If necessary, seek professional help.
Even though we provide love and support, we can’t always provide all the answers. When dealing with problems like eating disorders and obesity, sometimes the nuances of familial relationship get in the way of true solutions. In cases like this, turning to a medical practice like the biostation™ can guide patients toward an individualized path toward wellness.