Health Tips - People Around You

People Around You

The people in your environment can have a large effect on your health. This is something that cannot be ignored if you are to get well.

Patients often report that someone around them has said:

“You are the weakest one in the family.” “You look so tired.” “Are you sure you’re okay?” “Grandma had ___, so you probably will.”

Or, patients report that someone around them is continually anxious about them and calling them to “make sure they are okay.”

All of this can undermine the confidence that a person has that they can succeed in life and do well physically.

If you have people around you who are unintentionally weakening you in this way, it is best to find a way to resolve it right away.

Some suggestions:

  1. Do not bring up your health or personal life to people who are negative about you.
  2. If this type of person brings you up as a subject, do not respond in any way to their comments. Instead, politely change the subject to something more pleasant, such as art or music or movies.
  3. If the person is very close to you, tell them you have just read something interesting, my health tip on Healing Environment for Adults. Email them a link to it to read or show it to them in person. Tell them that you are really trying to apply this to your life and suggest, “Maybe we could apply this together.” This could have a good effect on their health as well.

Be well!

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Dr. Pepi


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