While the interpersonal relationships we have in life will always affect us. It is important to build a strong sense of self and self worth, personally and for your clients. We as fitness professionals are not qualified to be our clients psychological advisors. But we are qualified to help clients feel good about themselves and feel in control of their health and fitness. There is a lot more to this than I would even dare to explain here. But this forum is a good place to connect and seek out the experiences of other fitness professionals.
People want to be accepted and liked by those around them, and especially in a relationship. We often feel like we need to find common ground or integrate ourselves with the lives of others, and therefore, often times, who we spend time with, is who we will be more likely to be similar to. If the relationships we have grow apart, it makes us feel sadness, and that often times brings about the binge eating as a coping mechanism for this depression we’re experiencing.
Even though by default this is how most people behave, it doesn’t have to be. We want to make people around us happy, and we don’t want to be the oddball in the room, we want to fit in, but it can’t be at the expense of what’s important to us, our own health and wellness.
I suggest finding like-minded people to spend time with, this will help keep you on the right track and keep you setup for a new lifestyle.