Being a healthy person is not a sole personal matter. Your kids, your parents, other close family and friends suffer equally in a situation in which you are not healthy and your health limitations have a profound impact on their lives.
If you are a parent, you've thought of this before. Children learn by example and imitation, so whatever it is that you do, they do too. If you smoke, eat fast food and spend your Sunday afternoons in front of the TV, that is what they will assimilate as normal and are probable to repeat on their adult life. Most contestants on the famous US TV program “The Biggest Loser” confirmed the reason they participated in the program was to be able to play with their kids again (that’s sad, to say the least).
Your partner will always be concerned about your health - that’s what loved ones do. Nonetheless, they are especially affected by our poor health in day to day life in much more seamless and practical ways. If you are bound to a specific treatment that you need to repeat, his/her schedule will be limited by your treatment needs, the cost of constant medical attention takes a toll on family budget, reducing the opportunities for holiday (no more Disneyland trips for the kids) and, in a more extreme case, losing a partner due to a health condition, specially one that you could have prevented with healthy habits, is particularly traumatic and life changing.
Same applies to your parents. No parent should have to outlive their child, even if they are in their 70s. Also, your health status affects, again, their own life. Through not making healthy life decisions It will be them taking care of you (who takes care of them?) or of your children. If you need economic support for a treatment, it will be most likely their burden to come up with the money, even if they are taking it from their own personal household money or savings (which could have been meant to your kids college).
With friends, is also tricky. If they are good friends, they will support you and your family in whatever you need. They will take the burden, cause that’s what friends do. If they are not good friends…well, this is the worst moment ever to find out, isn’t it?
Being healthy (in all that depends on you, of course), is not only a benefit of good lifestyle decisions, it can be seen as an actual responsibility towards your loved ones. Perhaps seen in the same light as providing for your family or acting as a pillar of the community. Actually, if you are continually thoughtful of your health you will probably be doing the best you can for their health too, which they will certainly appreciate.
Love your close ones. Be healthy.
If you have doubts our need guidance to improve your health status, talk to SWC. Our health specialists are also here for you.