It's Good to Talk: How to Support Someone with their Health Journey
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It's Good to Talk: How to Support Someone with their Health Journey

By: Gem Blight
June 24, 2019

It is often said that one of our greatest problems is knowing how and what to say when talking about our feelings ❤

 

This is particularly relevant when trying to support someone through a weight-focused or mental health and fitness journey.

 

So, how can you talk to someone you are trying to support without causing offence or saying the wrong thing? Here are our top DONT's and DO's when talking to someone about their health...

 

DON'T ❌

  • Don't use shame, it does not help to create long-term change. Shame only drives the unhealthy behaviors out of sight
  • Do not frame the whole conversation around weight, food and exercise - try to find out the underlying cause?
  • Do not force the issue
  • Don't start monitoring food and exercise habits
  • Do not try and offer fad-diet or psychological hints and tips
  • Never judge, we all have reasons for behaving in the ways that we do

 

DO ✅

  • Remember that the person you are trying to talk to will probably already be aware of their behavior and may even feel ashamed of their situation
  • Talk about emotions and well-being, how are they feeling?
  • Try to use empathy, how would you want someone to broach a difficult subject with you if they needed to?
  • Speak from a place of respect and love
  • Look beyond the problem, they are so much more than the topic you are trying to talk to them about

 

Communication is not a one way street, however. One of our brand new With Self Love courses, available exclusively on the Results with Lucy App is all about Relationships and helps you to better understand how to create lasting, productive and prosperous relationships with those around you.

 

> Have you ever struggled to communicate with the people around you?

> Do you feel that the other people don’t understand your needs?

> Do you feel disconnected from the people in your life?

 

If so, you’re not alone.

 

Unless you’ve been living as a recluse for most of your life, you would at some point, find yourself having to relate to other humans. While this is an inevitable part of modern day living, it remains a mystery to so many...

 

How to create Meaningful Relationships with those around us!

 

Our Relationships Course within the Results with Lucy App has been designed for those who are struggling with communicating their worth and connecting with the people around them.

 

👉🏽 Want to learn how you can create, strengthen or improve your relationships? Click here for your free trial of Fitness, Food and Mindset where you can access our With Self Love courses once you've downloaded our App! 👈🏽

Gem is a RwL Ambassador and our Motivation and Mindset Blogger.

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