Yesterday I talked a bit about my social anxiety (or we could really just call is social awkwardness). How the majority of my friends are online. How it’s always been that way since my early teens. How I really have no clue how to meet people. And then even if I meet people, I really have no clue how to convert said people from an acquaintance to an actual friend. By 30 years old, you’d think I’d actually get it by now. I mean, even my friends online are mostly acquaintances. There are very few people who I’ve really been able to make a connection with and am able to call them my besties.
So as I’m thinking about this weirdness about myself, I thought about how important it is to have a group of people in your life who are generally rooting for you. A support system. People you can go to when you want to talk about your latest success. Or people you can go to when you just want to vent about a bad day. When you’re trying to get healthy and stay on track, this is especially important.
Here are a few ideas I came up with for where you can find support:
* Attend group fitness classes on a regular basis. I’ve noticed that the regulars tend to flock together.
* Volunteer in your community at a health-related event.
* Find a fitness group online.
* Join a health challenge like this one.
As a military wife who spends a lot of time alone, I’m finding that my social awkwardness is definitely a fault. Often, I feel completely lost and unsure who to turn to. I don’t want to stress my wife out while she’s supposed to be focusing on very important things. And when it comes down to it, I think it’s pretty dang important that I have a support group outside of my spouse.
So, I took matters into my own hands. My introverted self went and created a Facebook group called “Get Healthy. Get Happy.” It’s brand new, and I’m so excited about it! It’s not a place for me to promote my blog. It’s truly just a place for support. A place for women to talk about their struggles, their goals, their achievements. And maybe even a random vent about a bad day.
We all need someone we can turn to for support during both good and bad times, and that’s what I want to see with this group. Accountability is something I need in my life. And I also know that if I’m helping and motivating others, I’m more inclined to stick to my health-related goals. Do you feel like you’re trying to reach your health goals all alone? Do you feel like on bad days, you have no one to vent to (which can cause you to turn to unhealthy habits such as binging or restrictions)?
I invite you to join this group. It’s really going to turn into something amazing. Full of inspiration and motivation. No judging. No product promoting. Just lots of support and new friendships.
Above all, I look forward to knowing that I’m not alone anymore, despite my dumb inability to make friends like a normal person. I sure do hope to see you over there and that I can soon call you a friend!