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 What Is Social Wellness, when I worked with weight-loss clients, one of the key predictors of success was whether they had a supportive social network (family and friends). If they had no outside support, they were not as likely to succeed with their weight-loss goals. That’s not to say they couldn’t succeed, but the success rate was much higher for people who had a support system in place. 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. Here are 5 ways building a support team can help:
Reasons to Build Your Wellness Support Team
1. 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.
2. Having social support can help us handle stress better.
I recently read an article in PubMed (1) that referenced the study, The psychobiology of depression and resilience to stress: Implications for prevention and treatment, 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.”
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Having a wellness support team 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. Have you heard that old saying that you become like the five people you spend the most time with? There really is some truth in that.
Let your team know what you need.
As you’re building your support team, it’s important to let them know the best way they can support you. You’re driving this wellness train – your people want to support you, but they may not know how to help – so you may have to tell them exactly what you need. Doing that can make it much easier for them to support you in the way that works best for you. And just think — you may become each other’s Wellness Support Team.
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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