Remember that old adage: you don’t have to go it alone! My whole life I’ve immensely admired the wonderful friendship my Mom shares with her two soulmates Pam and Jeanne. This dynamic threesome have stood together through thick and thin, and brought immense joy and lots of laughs to each other’s lives. We all need a network of family, friends, colleagues and professionals to support us in our endeavors in both the joyful and difficult times. Here’s a few suggestions to help foster and build your very own support team!!
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
– Helen Keller
- Build Strong Friendships: Cultivating lasting, loving friendships takes time and effort. Life can be pretty hectic between work, family and other commitments, but it’s important to make time for your friends. Plan a ladies’ or boys’ night once a month, be available in a crisis, listen, reach out and let your buddies do the same. Remember, true friends are priceless and a vital component of wellness.
- Invest in a Team of Professionals: When looking to reach specific wellness goals hire a trainer or wellness coach to guide you and tailor an individualized plan. Let’s be honest, if it was as simple as acquiring information (think Google and the 100s of diet books sitting on your bookshelf), we would all be in fabulous shape! In addition, if you’re struggling with something in your life, go talk to an unbiased mental health professional. Managing emotional stress is a huge component of wellness.
- Create a Wellness Group: Form a group with friends or colleagues focused on achieving specific goals, like kicking the sugar habit or weight loss. Meet regularly, have a check-in buddy, and form a Facebook group or become friends on My Fitness Pal. You can even hire a wellness coach like me to lead your group!! 🙂
- Join a Health Club: Investing in a gym membership is a great way to find support that’s a little lighter on your wallet. You’ll also meet fun, like-minded individuals.
- Network: If you’re looking to expand your career (and yes loving what you do every day and being financially secure is very important to achieving optimal wellness), take the time to go to social networking events and conferences to connect with colleagues in your field. As Tony Robbins says: “If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.“