Finding Support After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a step towards changing one’s life for the better. It can either be an easy decision to go forth with it, or a scary one. This is why it is very important to have support to help before the surgery, afterwards, and through all the lifestyle challenges once the healing process begins. No one wants to be alone and not have anyone to listen to their fears and struggles. They need to be able to discuss their journey and get encouragement in some form of support.

Having support from family and friends should be the easiest form. When deciding on whether to have Bariatric surgery your family and friends may either be very supportive with your decision or against it. If they are not supportive it could be over fear. They may not know all the facts of weight-loss surgery and feel it is too risky for you to go through. A good way to change their feelings is by taking the time to talk with them about why they feel this way and inform them of the aspects of the surgery and why you are leaning to go forth with it. Hopefully by doing this, they will understand that even though it is a major surgery and there are risks, the benefits are greater since it will lessen your chance of medical illnesses, and make help you achieve a healthy life.

Support groups ran by Bariatric programs is another way to cope through the entire weight-losing journey. The programs are often times ran and moderated by a healthcare professional such as a dietician or psychologist. It is a great way to get support since they consist of other people who have the same goals as you, and will understand what you are going through. Even through struggles they can lend their support which will help you get through challenging times.

With the internet becoming more and more popular, online support groups can be found. It is very convenient to turn on the computer and access online support groups that understand what you are going through. You’ll be able to make new friends and read their stories and encouragement. Since it is online, there are things to be watchful of. Some people will complain endlessly on the support group which can have a negative effect and should be avoided. It is best to meet people who are positive. There sometimes will be people who claim to be experts who are not, so their words should not be taken seriously as a real expert.

Fortunately, your journey through weight-loss surgery does not have to be alone. You can have your family and friends to share your challenges and accomplishments with, join a support group where you go to meetings with fellow people in your situation, or log online and write and read for support. You could even do all of the options! Having the adequate support will give you the boost you need to stay focused and achieve your weight-loss dreams.

Successful Bulimia Treatments – Support Groups

For any problem or disorder that any of us face, one of the greatest hurdles to getting help with bulimia is that feeling of isolation. We end up feeling that we are the only ones undergoing our trauma, facing our demons and doing what we are to our bodies. Not so! There are so many others who have gone through much of the same stuff that you now battle and whatever their chosen bulimia treatments were, they without a doubt had a support group, person or helping hand along the way.

Support, in any form or medium, can improve healing and make for a longer lasting and more effective recovery from eating disorders. You will spend a lot of time in recovery “going it alone” because that’s just how life is. Bulimia support groups, support forums, the powerful banding together of disparate individuals having the same aim of recovery can be a tremendously effective part of your bulimia treatments and recovery. Yet, finding your way to a bulimia chat room, offline support group or just working with a friend in recovery will definitely make the journey a brighter one.

Let’s discuss a few of the many options you have:

Online or Offline – Are you more comfortable with online forums and groups because you retain a significant degree of anonymity until you are comfortable enough to reveal and share more of yourself? Or do you prefer the direct contact and the one-on-one interaction that an offline or in-person group can offer? Support groups whether online or offline will reduce your feeling of isolation and make you feel part of a whole giving you a sense of community, belonging and kinship. The other members can give you valuable insights because they have had a similar journey as you. You can learn from their mistakes, get valuable tips and recovery advice. You will finally be in a group of likeminded souls and could even make new friends.

Social Networking Sites – Social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and so on, are today so much a part of how we interact with others that it seems a natural extension of this that they could form a part of overall bulimia treatments. These are informal and relaxed groups that could be a non-threatening and comfortable place to hang out. The great thing about social networking groups for bulimia is the fact that you don’t need to participate if you don’t want to. The same is true of most groups – participate and engage only to the extent that you yourself are comfortable with.

Consider the many, many support groups relating to bulimia that users have formed on Facebook alone – courageous individuals who are magnanimous enough to share their own story to help others! Without saying a word or voicing your own opinions, you can still obtain valuable insight into the way that others are handling and overcoming their eating disorder. This can be of comfort and encouragement in a very friendly and relaxed environment.

Overeaters Anonymous – This is an offline support group that formed decades ago out of the Alcoholics Anonymous model and follows the same 12 Step Program as AA except food replaces alcohol as the drug of choice. The aim of the group is to support each other as the members go through the 12 Steps at their own pace. The program helps people address issues of emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing along their recovery journey. Overeaters Anonymous is for all types of eating disorders including bulimia, anorexia, compulsive overeating or any variety of addiction where food is the crutch. Meetings take place all across the United States and schedules are available from their website at oa.org. I can’t say enough good things about the people I’ve met at these groups.

Form your own group – Many us feel uncomfortable about connecting online or with strangers, preferring the visible contact of people in-person. Perhaps you find there are no professional groups or support programs in your neighborhood. The bulimia.com website is a great resource not just for bulimia treatments, but also help of all other types that you may need. They even offer step-by-step instructions about how to go about forming a support group, how to let others know about it and what should be your agenda once your group is formed.

Life Coaching Programs – How to Choose One, Part 2

In Part One, I listed four of eight major areas to consider when choosing a good life coaching program. Here you will learn of the next four areas to consider.

1. Certificate vs. no certificate. Some programs will not offer a certificate. Some believe a certificate is not necessary or required. Although you can coach without a certificate, most potential clients want to know you have a paper stating you received training in your area of expertise. An effective program will provide certification. If you’re going to spend your hard earned money and your precious time, wouldn’t you want a certificate?

2. Business start-up help. Does the program offer you advice on how to start your own coaching business? An effective program will offer that information and even suggest where you can get the necessary tools/materials.

3. Getting coached. Do the programs require that you get your own life coach? Being coached is a valuable experience. It really prepares you for coaching others. Some coaches will coach you for free as a way to help you out. Others will charge you. Regardless, it is worth doing.

4. Support groups. Do the programs say “so long” to you after you’ve completed it? An effective program will continue to provide information to you through newsletters, emails, and special offers for further studies. More importantly, it will provide a support group for you, which is beneficial.

Remember that in any field of study you will have to continue to learn on your own even after completing a program. Don’t expect to learn everything you need to know in a coaching program. Read books, join a support group, network with other coaches, and continue to grow.

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