What is Health and Wellness Coaching and Who can Benefit?
Sue is a 45-year old woman and recently saw her doctor because she’s run down. A blood test revealed that she is pre-diabetic and her doctor told her that she needs to eat healthier, exercise more, and reduce her stress. Sue thinks, “How can I do this? I’ve tried to eat healthier, but I’m so stressed that I pig out on ice cream at night to help soothe myself. I’m so stressed at my job that when I come home, and after I make dinner and help my kids with homework, I plop on the couch to watch tv and eat sweets. I’m too tired or don’t have the time to exercise. I’m feeling so overwhelmed I don’t know what to do. How do I manage all of this and live a healthier lifestyle?”
Does this sound familiar or similar to something you may be going through or someone you know? This example is one where a health and wellness coach comes in. A coach can help you make the correct choices that serve your wellbeing NOW and in the future, so you can make the lifelong changes to your lifestyle.
So what is a health and wellness coaching and do I need a coach?
Here are 4 reasons why a Health and Wellness Coach may be a good fit for you.
1. Health and wellness coaching is a research based tool. Coaching is an active, supportive, and trusting relationship between you and the coach that empowers you to define, reach, and sustain your goals. Our coaches have a Masters Degree and are well-versed in the research-based tools of motivation and change. The coaching relationship helps you find your motivation for positive changes you want to seek make through action, learning, and growth, while exploring obstacles that get in the way of making healthier choices.
2. Anyone can benefit from coaching, including teenagers! Coaching is especially helpful if you who want to make sustaining lifestyle changes such as improving eating habits, incorporating movement into your life, managing stress, facing a life transition, finding balance in your life, and so on. It helps to have someone who listens intently, and who understands fully your needs and desires for change with acceptance and without judgment.
3. A coach is YOUR ally – someone who acts as your cheerleader, supports you through these changes, and helps you design a wellness plan that is catered to your needs. For coaching to be successful, be prepared to challenge yourself and to be honest with yourself. Focus on one goal or change at a time that supports the overall change. As a result, you will find coaching very rewarding and fulfilling.
4. Clients improve their lives in so many ways. Clients learn to reframe their situation in a positive light helping them to balance out their stress and manage it with ease; they are able to use their strengths and creativity to overcome obstacles; they become aware of what’s important to them and how to live a life that’s aligned with their values; they learn to make choices that serve them well and if they do slip, they have the tools and self-efficacy to move forward instead of remaining stuck; and they are able to change their mindset and thrive, enabling them to live to their full potential.
So has what happened with Sue? Sue has worked with her coach for 3 months and in that time, she has learned that she needs to prioritize self-care so she feels replenished at home and at work. She figured out that she has time in the mornings before her kids get up for school to be by herself and drink tea and look outside with no distractions. She sometimes takes deep breaths, does yoga stretches, or thinks of things that she is grateful for. She also goes for a walk with her dog in the woods to help her relax. Through managing her stress, she no longer feels the need to eat ice cream in the evening after a long day. In addition, she started finding easy, healthy recipes to cook at home for her family. “Coaching has changed my life, I feel that I can better tackle my day with the strategizes that I set forth in the coaching sessions. My coach never pushed me to try things and helped me figured out on my own what works for me while having her support.”