LIFESTYLE is often used to refer to the self-referential state, but the concept itself goes much deeper. LIFESTYLE is the attitudes, interests, attitudes, and behavioral orientations of a person, community, or group. The word was first introduced by Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler in his famous book, The Case of Miss R. with the implied meaning of “a child’s basic personality as identified early in life”.
The Case of Miss R. goes on to define LIFESTYLE in psychological terms as “the consistent and extensive involvement of a person’s attitudes in other people and in other aspects of his environment”. This definition is a bit narrow, as it includes even attitudes, interests, and behaviors, not just the interest in others. In addition, it does not include intangible traits like spirituality, intelligence, and competence, all of which can be important influences on behavior. But the above description does imply that LIFESTYLE is more than just a simple set of values and attitudes; it is a complex human model of personal and social spaces that evolved over many years in many different societies and cultures.
A LIFESTYLE is not simply a collection of attitudes, but a complex web of shared practices, interactions, and relationships that arise out of a person’s lived experiences. It is not possible to isolate one’s own personal patterns of LIFESTYLE without also recognizing those of others. And it is even more difficult to find and develop a healthy lifestyle if we are not even aware of the practices and interactions that we engage in on a daily basis. That is why it is so important to include LIFESTYLE in our self-help techniques for improving lifestyles, as it will help us to identify and work with others in creating positive LIFESTYLE-like lifestyles.
One of the keys to living a LIFESTYLE is to become aware of your own patterns of LIFESTYLE. This can be achieved by recording your own LIFESTYLE on a weekly or monthly basis. Then you can compare your patterns of LIFESTYLE to your own, and see how the two compare. If you notice a discrepancy between your own and your partner’s, then you should consider making changes in your own LIFESTYLE. And if there is a discrepancy between your own and your partners’ behaviors regarding diet, exercise, and other aspects of healthy living, then these should also be examined in relation to your LIFESTYLE.
Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult. Especially when people are under significant stress and pressure, it can be easy to revert to unhealthy habits. LIFESTYLE is a way to remind ourselves that we should exercise some self control and not succumb to stress. When this happens, the only way to correct the LIFESTYLE habits is to go back to the drawing board and come up with new healthy living habits that will work for everyone.
The biggest benefit of LIFESTYLE is the support that it gives to those who try it. The support goes not only with the individuals themselves but also with their LIFESTYLE coach. With encouragement and support from the coach, a person who is trying to lose weight may feel more inclined to make healthy lifestyle changes habits that may be otherwise difficult to begin with. While dieting and exercise may seem like hard tasks to embark on, once you start, it is usually very easy to continue with these goals. As you progress in your journey towards being fit, you will discover that LIFESTYLE is indeed a great motivational tool that can help you with your weight loss goals.