Embarrassed By Your Health?
Embarrassed by Your Health? So Are Most People.
When you’re embarrassed by the state of your health it’s overwhelming to even know where to start. But it’s also important to note that you’re in good company and there are simple things you can do to fix it.
In this article we’re walking you through three tried-and-true methods for kick-starting your health journey and how to apply them to your own life.
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Taking Your Health Into Your Own Hands
The first step (and perhaps the scariest) is realizing that taking your health into your own hands means starting from within. Making an internal shift in your dialogue and committing to changing your actions.
Things can seem really scary when your health has gotten to a point where you don’t know what to do and you’re scared to reach out to someone, if you even have someone to reach out to. Know that you’re not alone in this! So many people have been at the point you’re at and have decided to make a change. There’s always someone you can talk to about this, no matter where you’re starting from.
Social media can paint an unrealistic picture of life and can help you fall into a comparison trap where you’re constantly thinking you’re not enough. But if you dig deeper, and make a choice to surround yourself with like-minded people, you’ll see that there are people with similar struggles.
Whether it’s someone in your friends circle, or simply someone you follow and look up to, take that first step and reach out. Be honest about where you’re at in your struggle and what you need from them. There’s always someone to help!
It can be helpful and motivating to talk to someone who has been through the same struggles you have and come out on the other side. It all begins by reaching out.
Don’t Wait on Motivation
Step Two: don’t wait for motivation. If you’re embarrassed by your health and are constantly sitting around waiting for inspiration to strike then you’ll always be in the same position you’re in.
Big changes can seem overwhelming so start small! Instead of saying that you’ll exercise for an hour every day this week, go for a 10 minute walk every day. Or ride the exercise bike for 10 minutes. Do something that will elevate your heart rate a little bit. It doesn’t have to be an hour of intense HIIT training to mean you’re making positive changes.
If you work at a desk, get up and walk around every hour. Or take a walk outside during your lunch break. Try to think in manageable chunks of time, like ten minutes, and set your goals from there.
If you can’t seem to find the time to start small, consider the time you spend on social media or watching TV. Take 10 minutes of something inactive and unproductive and turn it into 10 minutes of activity.
Start small instead of waiting for motivation to strike! Then little by little, increase those small steps with reasonable goals. Motivation will increase with your behavior change and you will see that it impacts every part of your life!
Identify The Resources You Need
Last but not least, never forget that there are resources available to you, no matter your goals. Whether you’re reaching out to someone you look up to on social media, or talking to your doctor, or maybe even consulting a trainer. There are people everywhere looking to help empower your positive lifestyle changes.
Also, if you don’t feel like your medical provider is on the same page as you and your goals, GET A NEW ONE. You need someone that will support you and not just prescribe medication. We have the internet at our fingertips, which means unlimited research resources. Someone will be able to help guide you in the direction you want to take your life.
If you feel like you are needing additional help to get started, check out the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. The book helps guide your thinking towards the positive changes you want to make and is hugely helpful in implementing them.
No matter where you’re at in life and no matter if you’re embarrassed by your health, you have the ability to change your circumstances by shifting your mindset, starting small, and finding the appropriate resources.