Why Should You Hire a Health Coach?
Health coaching is a rapidly growing industry that focuses on addressing the root cause of dis-ease and guides clients in holistic healing which addresses all areas of life. A health coach empowers clients to take responsibility for their own health. They assist in the pursuit of personal wellness goals. Each individual health coach has a unique background which allows them to bring their unique experiences and expertise to the coaching relationships.
Some of the most common reasons to work with a health coach are for increased energy, stress management, improving sleep quality, weight management, and correcting digestion issues.
A health coach is not a doctor and does not diagnose, treat, or take responsibility for making wellness changes in a client’s life. By encouraging simple lifestyle modifications and mindset shifts you and your health coach will create positive momentum towards your goals. A health coach can work 1:1 with the client or as part of a team of health care providers working towards a common goal.
What Does a Health Coach Do?
A health coach takes a holistic approach to reach the root cause of dis-ease. Taking into consideration all the factors that play a role in determining health, such as; nutrition, physical activity, relationships, mindset, career, and spirituality. An imbalance in any of these elements can have an impact on general feelings of happiness, stress tolerance, weight management, and energy levels. The coaching process empowers patients to want to change and take their health into their own hands.
Say you want to start eating healthier, but have no idea where to start. A health coach would begin by identifying what you are eating now and what you would like to change. Then together with the health coach you will create a plan for improvement – one healthy choice at a time. The health coach provides mentorship and accountability – while you start adding in more healthy foods and naturally reducing the unhealthy ones.
Or maybe, you want to start exercising every day – but you hate going to the gym and you’re looking for alternative ways to move your body and get into shape. Together with the health coach, you would explore what you have tried so far, and what you loved or hated about each activity. Your health coach will help guide you towards new exercise methods that are a good fit for your individual body.
How Do You Find the Best Health Coach?
Serious change requires serious commitment. It can be challenging to change deeply rooted habits that have been practiced for years. Making a commitment and hiring a coach to help reach your goals is a sure way to push out of a stagnant comfort zone and make lasting positive lifestyle modifications.
When hiring a health coach, it is important to find a coach that has experience dealing with your particular challenges and perhaps has even overcome the same challenges themselves. As with any relationship, it is best to find a health coach that you can relate to and get along well with.
To find out if health coaching is for you, I invite you to a free introductory coaching session to discuss your unique situation.