When others hang around you often enough, they pick up on your habits and values.
Making good food choices, exercising regularly and being discerning with how you treat your body can often lead to people perceiving you as the ‘health nut’.
It’s important to keep in mind that these are perceptions, how you think people see you, but at the same time it’s impossible to be completely impervious to their comments.
For the most part, it’s important to recognise when people make comments around your healthfulness, they are often in good jest. Simply roll with the punches and add to the humour of the situation. Use it as an icebreaker before directing the conversation elsewhere.
There are a select few though, who are a little more malicious with what they have to say. They speak of you as if you’re some kind of alien and attempt to rile you up.
There are a few things to keep in mind when this occurs…
- Reacting aggressively and attempting to counter their argument is exactly what they’re after. They want to see you squirm a little.
- Their comments are a reflection of their own insecurities which they are projecting on you. Perhaps they have body image issues for instance.
- The best tact is to self deprecate and go along with their argument. There is no sense in reasoning with this person. Instead make light of the situation. Not only will this make the conversation enjoyable for you, but diffuses their line of attack.
Next time you’re feeling ostracised for being healthy, remember most of the time it’s merely horseplay. Use humour and the ability to laugh at yourself to navigate these waters.
How do you approach conversations where your healthy habits are the butt of the joke? Leave your thoughts below.