For the most part, you are in control of your life, not your doctor’s. And controlling your health does not depend on whether you have a health condition or not.
Control means developing habits and behaviors.
The most important thing you can do is educate yourself. Learn about your health problems and how to take care of your body. What are the latest studies? The Internet is a wonderful place to do research on health issues. Sometimes finding different ways to do things can help.
Now, take the time to decide what your next health goals will be. Write down the goals. Some examples of policies could be:
- Stop yo-yo dieting and focus on better health.
- Start exercising regularly.
- LOSE SOME WEIGHT
- Finding ways to control diabetes.
Then write down specific ways that you can achieve this goal. For example, try a new healthy dinner recipe once a week, visit the gym five days a week, or research healthy foods online for 10 minutes a day.
Work on your thoughts and ideas.
You have to believe that you can be healthy and reach your ideal weight before you can do so. Learning to accept what you can change, but striving to change what you cannot, is key. A big part of success in health promotion is relaxing with you in the beginning.
Take the time to do something good to reward yourself by making this commitment to improving your health. Reward yourself each week as you find yourself achieving your goals.
If you have someone to work with, you will be more effective in meeting your health goals. This partner should be someone you can trust to share your feelings with.
It helps to have an accountable partner. We work hard when we know that someone is watching us and making us respond. A good partner and helps us stay focused on our goals and challenge us to grow.
Try to find someone who will encourage you in less difficult times and celebrate your success with you as you achieve your goals. And then you need to be that kind of partner to your friend in return.
You might consider forming an informal support group with some of your friends or acquaintances. People in a group with similar interests and shared goals achieve more. The group may meet weekly or monthly to discuss progress or concerns and help to encourage one another. Sometimes a person may just need a little more thought or encouragement to help him get through a difficult time. Even if you do well, you may still be able to help someone who is struggling.
Communication is essential when forming a team. Set a regular time and how to report on each other’s progress and stick to it. Set up real benchmarks to monitor your progress. Pay back for your efforts. Do something fun as a group once in a while.
It can be very rewarding to work with others to achieve the same goals. It makes the trip more enjoyable and productive.