Health coaching is a profession that is growing and that it is expected to grow even more in the near future. There is a lot confusion though, about what a health coach is, and how a health coach can help clients making realistic and sustainable changes.
A health coach is not a wellness influencer ( but it might as well become one ), or a a less qualified nutritionist, but a distinct professional, that is specialized in helping her clients forming habits in the field of health well-being.
This is achieved utilizing a range of tools and knowledge, that range from positive psychology to life coaching with a specific expertise in the field of well-being and applying lifestyle medicine models.
1. HELP YOU FORM HEALTHY HABITS
We all know that we should eat more vegetables, lower our sugar intake and go to the gym, but the reality is that most people struggle to make this healthy resolutions 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 helps them maintaining those habits in the long term.
2. SUPPORT THEIR CLIENTS THROUGH SETBACKS
If you are going through changes, it is inevitable that your will slip back to your old comfort zone. Many think that transformation is a smooth upward line, but it 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 to the old unhealthy habits, and start having negative thoughts and feel demotivated.
The reality is that while we all go through these phases, the successful people are simply those 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 setback, to guide you to success.
3. EDUCATE YOU ON THE AMAZING INTERCONNECTIONS OF THE BODY & 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 research 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 REFERRAL 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 focused in 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 CHANGES EASIER, SAVING YOU TIME & 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 how to make changes easier, simpler and saving you time and overwhelm.
What are you waiting for?