We live in a society that values independence. Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is regarded by many as such a virtue, in fact, that many of us face isolation as a result. It’s easy to get locked in with your troubles, thinking that if you just figure out the right plan of attack, you’ll be able to achieve health and satisfaction all on your own. On the contrary, most people really need the help of friends and professionals to make the biggest changes. Here are some examples of why this is the case.
Fitness and Wellness – Fitness and weight lifting for women is at an all time popular high. But it is hard to start the road to peak fitness, even if you’ve achieved it in the past. It’s easy to be fit when you are young. You might have taken part in sports, or ridden your bike to work every day. Today, perhaps you have children that keep you around the house more than you’d like, or maybe you just can’t find the motivation to do the work necessary to make the changes you know you need.
This is the best time to hire someone to help. If you need to get fit, a personal trainer is one of the best ways to motivate yourself to get to the gym, then to work as hard as you can once you get there. If you are suffering the aches and pains of a body that has changed over the years, maybe it’s time to talk to your doctor about breast surgery, or some other procedure that can make the changes you won’t be able to affect on your own.
Mental Health and Happiness – Bubbly satisfaction isn’t natural to all of us, specifically when life’s circumstances bring challenges into our daily world. About 8 million Americans have mental health difficulties, almost certainly including someone you know, or even yourself. The stigma of mental illness is disappearing, as we start to understand the genetic and societal causes.
Many people with depression, anxiety, bipolar, and other diagnosed or diagnosable problems try to fix (or ignore) the problem on their own. While this may work for some, chances are that you will just isolate yourself until such time as your mental illness makes itself a real hazard for you or people that you love. You may not be violent or dangerous, but living beneath your potential for satisfaction will put the brakes on your personal development and won’t help anyone else either. Talk to a therapist, or even to a friend. Be honest about your troubles and find a way out through conversation, therapy, medication, new experiences, or any combination thereof.
It’s tough to get healthy in body and mind all by yourself. Don’t let an isolationist streak keep you from the lifestyle and wellness that could be yours if you were to reach out to friends and professionals. Make the change in 2017 and enjoy the difference for the rest of your life.