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The importance of social support

Receiving support from others can help you achieve your healthy living goals

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At LiveWell, we know that making a lifestyle change can be tough. We also know that social support is a powerful tool to help you move forward. here are some ideas about how you can draw on others’ support to move you along on the road to healthier living.

Friendly Faces

Who are your allies on your healthy living journey? Calling on a supportive friend, partner or relative can give a much-needed lift when things get tough. Even if all you need to do is rant, having a friendly face close by can help you to feel better about how things are going. You could also ask them to let you know when you’re doing well, to help you see that you’re progressing towards your goal.

If you’re looking for someone new to talk to, why not join our Facebook tribe - Our LiveWell – where thousands of members are sharing stories, encouragement and support with each other already.

Buddy up

See your friends as a valued source of practical as well as emotional support. Perhaps you could find someone to accompany you to an activity or group, lend you any items you might need to get started (recipe books, trainers, weighing scales, measuring cups?), or share ideas with. There’s no shame in asking for a favour, and you may be surprised how much people have to offer.

Get Some Guidance

The people around you can also be a font of knowledge and experience. Make the most of that! Find someone who can teach you how to cook, share recipes or meal ideas with you, show you how to do exercises safely, or whatever else it is that you need some guidance on. Again, you might be surprised by how much you can find out from people. Head to Our LiveWell to connect with others in our tribe.

Join a Group

Time and time again, we’re told that doing something as part of a group is hugely motivating. It makes change less challenging, more enjoyable and easier to maintain. Being part of a group brings together social support, people to bounce ideas around with, and motivation to keep on track. Why not check out our Activity Finder to find out what group activities are available in your area?

Need a little extra help?

Our 1:1 telephone coaching service puts you in touch with a friendly coach who can work with you to help you understand what’s getting in the way of making a change and find the best solutions to help you move forward. Contact us to find out more and sign up.


How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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