There is no better time to get started getting healthy, and that includes helping your loved ones to live healthier lifestyles. As difficult as it may be for you to get yourself motivated, it is significantly more problematic to get others motivated. You may dearly love them, but as often as not they will not listen to you when you are asking them to do something that will mean changing, even if it is for their own benefit. Part of the problem is that people have to have their own motivation. The other problem is that you could be using the wrong approach to get your loved ones active in taking care of themselves.
The following five tips will help you take a more positive, encouraging approach to getting the people you love actively engaged in getting healthy.
- Avoid making it unpleasant or a chore by making it a topic of constant contention.
You already know that very few people are motivated by negative emotions and criticism. If you nag and pester your loved ones to do the right thing for their health, that is negative encouragement. When you say something incredibly judgmental, such as pointing out that a pair of pants look like they are a tighter fit now, that is sending your loved one many types of wrong messages, and it does not make them want to be healthier. Equally ineffective is constantly pestering someone to do something. If you turn eating right and exercising into a chore or make your loved one feel that it is nagging, that person is not going to respond the way you want.
- Action is more important than telling.
If you want to change the world, you have to start with yourself. One of the best ways to motivate others to do the right thing is to start doing it yourself. Seeing someone else succeed is one of the best ways to motivate others because they can see the results and know that something is working.
- Seek professional opinions and help.
Everyone is different and as often as not something that works for one person will not work for someone else. Whenever possible we need to seek the help of professionals to guide us through the maze of what will and won’t for our specific personal needs. This becomes even more important when dealing with loved ones. They’re too important to not seek outside council. That is where using the services of a medical practice like the biostation™ can show the specific path to optimal wellness that our loved one could most benefit from. By identifying the specific biomarkers that need to be addressed, the biostation™ can paint a clear picture of the roadmap needed to reach optimal health. More often than not, by seeing the results of these comprehensive medical tests, our loved ones will be given the information needed to best motivate them to their goals.
- Get them started with baby steps.
Just like bad habits, good habits take time to form. Unlike bad habits, healthy habits tend to be harder to maintain. The longer a person has held onto a routine, the more difficult it is to change that routine. With that said it’s important to keep in mind that these habits won’t change overnight. This is why we create two or three small goals. Once your loved one accomplishes and starts to see the positive effects those changes have it will be easier to take on a single larger goal or a new series of several small changes.
- Be supportive, positive, and encouraging.
There will be days when it is tough to do the right thing, bad habits will be hard to resist. You need to keep a positive attitude and help your loved one see the bright side. Your attitude will be contagious. Point out some of the positive effects you can already see in them and encourage them to keep going