Why does our health depend on the health of our relationships?
Relationships, in addition to other areas of our lives, including our home environment, career, physical activity, and spiritual practice, are what we call primary food, or what nourishes us off our plates. Food is very important, but filling our lives with experiences, spaces, and people that bring us joy reminds us that what we eat is secondary. You can eat all the broccoli you want, but if you’re feeling unfulfilled in certain areas of your life, you still won’t reach your full health potential.
The quality of your relationships is an area of primary food many people struggle with because relationships can be complicated. We have not only romantic relationships but platonic and familial relationships that require time and energy. Research has demonstrated the many benefits that come from having healthy relationships, including feelings of belonging, adoption of healthier lifestyle habits, and even increased longevity!
Watch A Health Coach Explains Relationships.
Have you ever taken time to explore your relationships with others, including how they make you feel and whether you feel supported? How about the relationship you have with yourself: Do you prioritize self-care or do you have trouble setting personal boundaries? We’ll explore these questions and much more in the latest episode of A Health Coach Explains.
In this video, you’ll learn:
The physical and emotional manifestations of the effect of your relationships on your health
The questions to ask yourself to assess your relationships with others
The questions to ask yourself to assess your relationship with yourself
Ways to improve your relationships, including journal prompts to help you further explore this area of your life
Learn more about relationships and the IIN concept of primary food.
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