Getting your partner, spouse, or roommate to support you during your wellness journey can be a challenge. This is especially true if they are addicted to sugar, alcohol, junk food, or are pro-snackers. Here’s how to get your partner on board with a healthy lifestyle change.
Start the Conversation
Let your partner know that you are trying to make healthy lifestyle changes and that you would love to have them on board with you. Even if they decline, it is still important to express your plans and needs so they can know how to support you.
Create a challenge
Suggest to your partner that both of you do a healthy challenge together. You may mention that studies have shown that when people work together towards a similar goal, they are more likely to succeed in the present and in the long-term. Whatever the challenge is, start small. For example:
- If you are looking to quit sugar, try going sugar-free for seven days or try skipping dessert for two weeks.
- If you are wanting to eat more vegetables, challenge each other to eating a salad once per day for ten days.
- If you want to exercise more, challenge each other to reach 10,000 steps per day for the next two weeks or work out together 2-3 times per week for the next month.
Once you complete the challenge, don’t forget to pat yourselves on the back, and extend it and/or start a new challenge.
What to do if your spouse refuses to support you in your wellness journey
Designate a Junk Food Place
If your partner chooses not to support you, designate a place in the kitchen pantry for their junk food. Perhaps it is in a cupboard or a drawer – something that is easy for you to avoid where the food does not catch your eye (or your temptation).
Find Support Elsewhere
Support is essential during this process. Find a Facebook group, download an app, join an online community or enlist a health and wellness coach (such as myself) to join you on your journey.