You’re out with your friends, and you usually have at least 5 beers with them. How do you say no when the next round comes along and your friend brings you a pint?
You’ve never said ‘no’ to anyone who’s ever asked you for a favour, even if you don’t really have time. How do you learn to say no?
You’re invited to somebody’s house for coffee, and they baked a cake for the occasion. How do you refuse to eat it without hurting the other person’s feelings?
You’re usually ‘the soul of the party’ – that is, you’re one of the first to get tipsy, and your friends love you when you’re drunk. How do you have fun without the alcohol?
You’re at your grandmother’s for dinner, and she made a special dish that you used to love as a child (but don’t anymore because you know it will leave you feeling terrible). How do you explain that this kind of food is no longer part of your diet?
You used to be a night owl, meeting friends at 11pm and chatting until 3am. How do you tell them that you are prioritising sleep at the moment and would prefer to meet earlier?
Are you nodding your head right now? Have you ever found yourself in one of these situations?
Like any change, lifestyle changes require courage. It’s so easy to pop a pill your doctor gave you, but it’s much more difficult to change your habits. The social pressure that’s out there when you’re trying to transform your health should not be ignored. Not only are you used to living your life in a certain way, but you have formed a specific image of yourself in the society and among your friends and family. Now you’re looking to change that; many people will ask questions and some social situations might start to get uncomfortable. It’s not easy.
I know, because I have been there. Sometimes I still find myself in these situations. As a health coach, I am trained to help you go through change in a way that makes sense to you and to find ways to stand your ground, even in tricky social situations like the ones explained above. I could list some strategies that worked for me here, but we are all different people and this needs to come from each individual. Together we can work to discover your character strengths, and use them as solid support throughout your journey of transformation.
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