How To Help Your Patients Improve Their Lifestyles

Updated on August 23, 2022

If you are a healthcare professional, you’ll want to do all you can to help your patients. However, there are some things that they have to do themselves. When it comes to improving their lifestyle, this is something that can only do alone, no matter how much it might be something that is imperative when it comes to making them healthier and happier. 

This can be frustrating, but unless the patient wants to make those changes, it won’t happen. Of course, you can help them understand why the changes are important and make them easy to implement. This combination of advice will make them more likely to improve their lifestyles. Read on for more. 


Someone’s appearance doesn’t always have a lot to do with their health (although, in some cases, it can denote serious illness or a poor diet, and so on). However, it can have a lot to do with how they think about themselves and the value they put on their health. Therefore, if you want a patient to take more care of themselves, their appearance might be the first thing to consider. 

It might be hard to make suggestions about this without offending the person in question, but there are some things you can do, especially if they have come to you for help in this regard. Someone who is suffering from hair loss can be directed to, for example. Someone with adult acne can be prescribed medication. The list goes on. 

Once they start to feel better about how they look, it’s likely they’ll take better care of their health in general. 


Exercise is something that everyone should do on a regular basis, and ideally every day, or at the very least, three times a week. However, many people don’t exercise, and if they also have jobs that require them to sit at a desk for hours at a time, they might be damaging their health. Yet persuading someone, they need to do more exercise is not always easy, especially if they are very busy or they’re not confident enough to go to a gym. 

With this in mind, it’s worthwhile suggesting alternatives to the traditional workout, and there are many to think about. Going for a brisk walk to the end of the street and back after dinner can be a good start, as can taking the stairs rather than the elevator. Or what about following online workout videos at home to help build their confidence? Give them the options to ensure you have enough choice, and this should help them get more exercise. 


Linked very closely to someone’s exercise routine is their diet. It’s good to exercise, but they will still be unhealthy if they eat unhealthy food. Equally, eating a good diet but not exercising will not be as effective as doing both. 

So it’s crucial to help your patients understand and switch to a better diet if they currently eat unhealthy food. 

You can explain what superfoods are, and give them some examples (they include eggs, blueberries, oats, and salmon). They might already like some or all of these things, and they just didn’t realize how important and useful they can be. Another idea that can help is to suggest they take supplements. Although it’s no substitute for a good diet, it is a step in the right direction. 

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