With a New Year, many of us are committed to a New Year’s resolution, and in most cases, these goals are health related. Not only would we like to see ourselves healthier, but we would also like our loved ones to commit to the same goals. As we all know, however, we can’t force people to do things they do not want to do, and sometimes it is hard to take advice from loved ones. Having said that, we know that changes have to come from within, and that the person has to be willing. Nevertheless, there are 4 things you can do to help encourage others to get healthy.

1. Start with yourself. As others around you start to see your healthy habits paying off, they will become intrigued about what it is you are doing differently. Take the opportunity to talk to them and share with them the benefits of leading a healthier lifestyle, whether you have more energy or have lost weight, let them know how much better you feel. You can even share with them struggles you have had along the way, and give them advice on how to handle the bumps in the road.

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2.  You can’t climb the ladder in one step. Encourage your loved ones to take small steps. If this person lives with you, you can simply start by eliminating unhealthy items and ingredients. Make a list before you go to the grocery, and stick to that list. Let them know you don’t have to jump in all at once, giving up their old habits cold turkey.

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3. Don’t be negative. You may find yourself wanting to judge or preach to others as you see them having setbacks in their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Keep in mind this attitude will not help them reach their goal. Provide positive support, which will encourage them, and show them they can rely on you for support without being judged.

4.  Suggest professional help. If your loved ones are struggling, and you see them having set backs, or sense they may give up, it is good to suggest they seek professional help, whether it be a nutritionist, personal trainer, health coach, or doctor, the extra support will be very beneficial. Even if they are not struggling, seeking out professional support may help them reach their goals sooner.

Finally, don’t forget to encourage your loved ones. Remember that this may be a difficult journey for them, and your support will go a long way. Compliment them often, and recognize their efforts.

These simple steps can help you make a difference in the health of others, and yourself. Contact our Indianapolis chiropractic clinic today for more advice on how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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About Integrated Health Solutions

Dr. Charbel Harb is a licensed chiropractic physician and the Medical Director of Integrated Health Solutions. Our core belief is that each patient who walks through the doors is a person, not just a medical record or chart. Our greatest pleasure is bringing joy to our patients and helping them to fully embrace life, allowing them to enjoy each day: active, healthy and pain free.