It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. We’ve all heard this in terms of career advancement and job searching. Well, taking care of your body is a 24/7 job and when you decide to start changing your lifestyle from toxic to healthy, one of the best things you can do is create a network to help you get through it.
The internet, although it is a great source of information, provides so much information that you just don’t know where to start or what to believe. You hear someone say something, you research it online and you find supporting information followed by conflicting information. How do you go about hashing it all out and making a decision that is best for you? Not that is best for everyone, but is best for you. No two people are the same and what works for you, won’t or can’t work for another person. You go to your network – people you trust, people who don’t have anything to gain from you, people who care about themselves (because if people don’t care about themselves, then why the hell would they care about you?).
Who is part of your network? Your family, your friends, your medical professional, your natural professional, and most people these days have some kind of online family that they belong to. Facebook is loaded with groups of like minded people. Not everyone agrees on everything all of the time. Come on, that would be too boring, but the support is there. What you will usually find is that you are not the only one going through whatever you are going through. Someone else out there is too. You will also find that you are not the first one to go through something. Someone else out there has already been there, done that. It creates a comfort level. If they can do it, you can too!
What do you think Alcoholics Anonymous is? It’s a network. Weight Watchers – network, job fair – network, grief support groups – network. Everyone out there needs and depends on someone else. You’re not alone. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Walk away from those who are toxic to you. Your body and brain will love you for it.