Have you ever noticed how elite athletes seem to travel with a support team? Depending on their preferred sport, that team may include coaches, equipment managers, and for teams, they usually have their own team doctors. Those of us who are just trying to improve our wellness probably don’t need a team like that, but we could benefit from a Wellness Support Team.
Now I’m not necessarily talking about an official team here. I’m just talking about surrounding ourselves with people who support us in taking care of ourselves and living the healthy lifestyle we want to live. Of course, we Health Coaches, Personal Trainers, and Nutritionists may also be part of that team.
As we talked about in The Importance of Connection, forming and maintaining strong social ties can help us in quite a few ways. But those same close connections can sabotage our efforts if we’re not careful. For example, the person who keeps bringing the foods you love into the house when you’re trying not to eat them….
Having people in your life who will support your wellness efforts can help in quite a few ways.
The Benefits of Building a Wellness Support Team
- Having a support team can help you keep going when the going gets tough. As I’m sure you already know, trying to improve areas of our wellness can be hard to stick with. We get tired, or bored, or life just gets in the way sometimes. Having someone come alongside us can keep us putting one foot in front of the other even when we don’t really feel like it.
- Having social support can help us handle stress better. I recently read an article in PubMed (1) that referenced a study that found, “Overall, it appears that positive social support of high quality can enhance resilience to stress, help protect against developing trauma-related psychopathology, decrease the functional consequences of trauma-induced disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and reduce medical morbidity and mortality.”
- Having friends ‘along for the ride’ can make things a lot more fun. Whether it’s having company on a walk, doing a group fitness class, or cooking a healthy meal, sharing it with someone else can make you enjoy it more.
- Your team can hold you accountable. Have you ever noticed when people are depending on you, you’ll make sure you don’t let them down? Sometimes just knowing someone is rooting for us gives us accountability. We don’t want to let them down, so we make sure we do what we said we would.
- It can help you be more successful long-term. That’s because when you’ve surrounded yourself with people who support your wellness goals (and may even have their own) you’re much more likely to continue this healthy lifestyle long-term.
When we’re making wellness changes or just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to talk with our family and friends. They may not know how to help. If we take the time to explain what we need, it’s easier for them to give us the support we need. And just think — you may become each other’s Wellness Support Team.
Do you want some support with your Wellness this month?
If you could use a little support with your wellness right now, I’d like to remind you about our Spring Into Spring! Wellness Reset. I’ll be hosting a group on Facebook for the month of March, and I’d love for you to join us. The easiest way to join the group is to search for Spring Into Spring Wellness Reset on Facebook and request to join the group. I’d also like to invite you to follow to my Facebook page where I post wellness-related tips, quotes, and questions each day.
If you’re not on Facebook, but would like to participate, you can get your Spring Into Spring! Wellness Reset daily calendar below:
Do you have a Wellness Support Team? Have you found them to be helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle or forming new healthy habits? Please share!
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