Health coaching is a profession that is growing and is expected to grow even more in the near future. There is a lot of confusion though, about what a health coach is, and how a health coach can help clients make realistic and sustainable changes.
A health coach is not a wellness influencer ( but it might as well become one), or a less qualified nutritionist, but a distinct professional that is specialized in helping her clients form habits in the field of health and well-being.
This is achieved by utilizing a range of tools and knowledge that range from positive psychology to life coaching with specific expertise in the field of well-being and applying lifestyle medicine models.
1. Help you form healthier habits
We all know that we should eat more vegetables, lower our sugar intake and go to the gym, but the reality is the most people struggle to make this healthy resolution an habit and often resort to the old unhealthy ones,
The role of a health coach, is mainly to support clients in this often frustrating process and to help them figure out the best way to do it. The one that works for them, and that help them maintaining those habits in the long term.
2. Support you through setbacks
In a process of self-growth, it is inevitable that you will slip back to your old comfort zone. Many think that transformation is a smooth upward line, but is actually a process of falls and raising up again after a fall.
Most people, quite understandably, feel disappointed with themselves when they slip back into the old unhealthy habits, start having negative thoughts and feel demotivated.
The reality is that while we all go through these phases, successful people are simply the ones that pick themselves up after a fall ( or a slip in their habits) and keep on sticking to those changes.
A health coach is precisely the person that can make that difference, supporting you through those setbacks, to guide you to success.
3. Educate you on the amazing interconnections of the body and mind
The mind & body are absolutely amazing and fascinating. They are also super interconnected in ways that it is difficult to imagine unless you have specific knowledge.
We all know that we should take care of those four pillars of health, but do you know that an off-balance wake/sleep cycle can have repercussions down the chain that can lead to fatigue, hormonal unbalance, and weight gain? Or did you know that researchers have found that in some women low carbs diets can lead to thyroid issues? Or are you aware of that anxiety loop in case of fatigue?
4. Provide expert referrals to other health professionals
A health coach is not a panacea for any health problem but can refer the client to another health professional if needed. For example, coaching is very much in focus on the present and the future, but sometimes people need to deal with things that have happened in the past in order to be ready to change. In this case, a health coach can refer a client to a counselor or psychologist for example.
5. Giving you practical tips to make change easier, saving you time and reducing overwhelm
Getting into healthier habits can be perceived as frustrating, boring or simply difficult to fit in your already busy and often stressful life. A health coach can give you practical tips on making things easier, and simpler and saving you time and overwhelm.
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