TALKING POINTS

ELSPETH HASWELL-SMITH, HEALTH COACH AND COUN­SEL­LOR

Style Magazine - - Health And Beauty -

Com­mit­ting to your loved one in mar­riage is a life de­ci­sion that re­quires one to en­sure that they un­der­stand what they are en­ter­ing into.

Un­der­stand­ing each other and the ex­pec­ta­tions of mar­riage should be well ex­plored prior to com­mit­ting to each other. Many as­pects of life and com­pat­i­bil­ity should be ex­plored to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion into mar­ried life. One as­pect I of­ten see is con­flict­ing health philoso­phies. Health is an im­por­tant topic and while one in­di­vid­ual en­joys main­tains a healthy life­style it may not be as im­por­tant for their part­ner.

An­other point is health­care providers and treat­ment for ill­nesses — one may main­tain a al­lo­pathic view whereas your part­ner may hold a strong view in nat­u­ral meth­ods of treat­ment.

Th­ese dif­fer­ences in be­liefs can come to cross­roads when chil­dren are born or crit­i­cal health is­sues arise.

There­fore it is im­por­tant for each part­ner to un­der­stand and re­spect views on health and well­be­ing, and if un­com­fort­able or chal­lenged seek coun­sel in re­gards to ex­plor­ing th­ese dif­fer­ences to en­sure there is rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween th­ese op­pos­ing views.

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