By Rachael, Clinic Psychologist LifeShape Clinic
It is common for women to place the needs of family and friends above their own – even to the detriment of their own health. Achieving a balance is important to your own wellbeing, and will allow you to assist others.
We learn over the course of our lives to put the needs of others first, which leaves little time in a busy lifestyle to focus on our own health. When we neglect ourselves, it’s common to develop unhealthy habits to compensate.
These behaviours can play into other negative coping strategies such as negative self-talk and using food for support or binge eating. These negative opinions are often internalised, and therefore weight loss and making healthier choices become goals that are unattainable because we feel we are not worthy of achieving this.
Looking after yourself is an important part of achieving health and wellbeing. ‘Self-care’ involves a commitment to activities and behaviours which will support your physical, emotional and mental well-being. Achieving weight loss through self-motivation and self-care will help you feel more confident, engaged and be more likely to achieve lasting changes and maintain weight loss long term.
That’s why a program with a focus on the psychology behind weight loss from a nutrition, exercise and mental health standpoint will help you achieve lasting weight loss and better health. Believing that you deserve to eat better, move more, sleep more and make time for yourself will also improve the support you are able to provide to others.
About the LifeShape Clinic
Over 15 years, the LifeShape Clinic (formerly Wesley LifeShape Clinic) has helped more than 10,000 Australians achieve healthier, happier lives through their award winning weight management programs. The LifeShape program enables the lifestyle and health benefits gained from losing weight, improving your health and gaining a positive mindset.
The clinic’s team of specialist medical professionals support each client by creating a personalised weight loss plan to reach a healthy weight, improve nutrition, exercise and mindset – helping to find balance and break the dieting cycle.
Find out how the clinic can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.