Have you ever wondered exactly what a Health Coach does?
Recently I have noticed that many people have the wrong idea when it comes to Health Coaching or they simply just don’t understand how having a Coach in their world could enrich their lives.
Where does the confusion/ negativity come from? The comparison. Nutritionist, Dietician, Personal Trainer, Doctor – all these people can play important roles in your life. No one is better than the other. It simply depends on your needs and what you are looking for.
There is room for all of the professionals listed above in this world and their ability to help others. You know as well as I do that we all vary as individuals and therefore where we may need support must vary also. There will be over spill within all of them – for example all could help in some shape or form with your diet – but you need to look at the details to know where you may ‘fit’.
For this weeks 5 Top Tips on a Tuesday, I want to give you more information on what a Health Coach actually looks at when working with a client. This of course is a broad generalisation so please keep this in mind. No two processes are the same – everyone needs different types of help in different areas of their life.
Accountability for goals
One of the first things a Health Coach will discuss with you will be your goals. What do you want to get out of your sessions? What do you want to achieve within yourself? Then we can break them down – why do you want this? How would you view yourself differently if you achieved these goals?
Goals are broken down to make them achievable. To make them accessible and no longer overwhelming. Your Health Coach will be your guide, your mentor, your own personal cheerleader. They will help you figure out the why and how, challenge and motivate you to gain success, whatever those goals may be.
Perception – how you view you
A Health Coach will go deep. They want to know the why’s and the reasons behind the choices you have made in life and the choices you continue to make on a daily basis. Why? So that you can understand yourself better. Cracking into your inner self and realising why you make certain choices is key to developing as a person and achieving your goals. Positivity achieves and if you are not kind and generous to yourself then we have some work to do.
Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘I just want someone to listen to me’? No judgements, no ‘tips and advice’ given, just silence and a time to release. Your Health Coach is there to listen. Talking is such a gift in life but only when you know there is someone else on the other side listening to you. We will listen, ask questions in order for you to delve a little deeper but ultimately you will figure out your own path. Trust me, you often don’t need me to tell you what to do, you just need me to listen.
Health is so much more than diet and exercise…
Want to be a healthier person? Well a Health Coach is going to go way beyond the realms of food and exercise. Yes both are a component, and we can help you with that, but there are other massive pieces of the puzzle that must be taken into account. Sleep, stress and your relationships all have an equal impact within your life and are areas to which we will dive.
You know what is best for you
And this final one is key. No one knows more about you, what works and what doesn’t than you. Nothing a Health Coach does will be imposed upon you – in fact most of your action steps will be set by yourself. We will be there for support and guidance but will not be there to do the work for you – that is all in your hands… but it also what makes it so rewarding when you succeed.
You are out there running on the track – but you are by no means alone. Your Health Coach will be your biggest supporter!
(If your issues are medical, please seek out your Doctor in the first instance. A Health Coach can be a great support network along with medical help but they must be your first port of call.)
Please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any more information on Health Coaching.
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