Your doctor has measured your blood pressure, weighed you, listened to your heart rate and said that you are in good condition. But he did not ask about your stress level, how often you exercise and what you eat. When you told him that you sleep poorly and that your skin suddenly became very oily, you received a prescription for a sleeping pill and a referral to the dermatologist.
You feel frustrated. You are then healthy according to the doctor and you have nothing chronic among the members, but you are often must, not motivated and you are not comfortable with yourself. You want to feel better, but you don’t know how. You wonder how you can sleep better, lose weight, eat differently and all in combination with your busy life, your financial situation, your environment, your family.
This is where the health & wellness coach comes in. These health and wellness jobs bridge the gap that exists between your own daily life and what the doctor has just told you.
What is a wellness coach?
A wellness coach provide support and help clients become the best versions of themselves. A health coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments.
Coaching is not about creating specific diets for clients. We leave that up to nutritionists. However, coaches do guide clients in regards to finding healthy food choices. We also can help clients effectively incorporate a new diet that may be prescribed by a doctor or nutritionist. You will not see an article by me discussing the best diet ever because everyone is unique, and therefore, one diet does not fit all. Same goes with the supplements (again: everyone is unique, etc., etc., etc.). So we will introduce you to various approaches to eating, as well as other health/nutrition topics, including some cutting edge discoveries regarding the connection between food choices and illnesses.
As with diets, each client’s needs are individual. And you can see from what I have written so far, working on balancing your day to day life outside of simply what you eat is a big part of creating habits that will eventually lead to reaching wellness goals. Stress is often a huge reason people don’t look and feel their very best. As well as the quality of sleep and relationships. These topics and more are explored and addressed as needed.
What are the benefits?
Wellness coaches specialize in helping individuals change behaviors. The work they do ultimately boils down to helping clients make behavior changes. A wellness coach indeed could be called a behavior change specialist.
A Wellness Coach does not take the place of a doctor, or if needed, a nutritionist.
A wellness coach support clients with implementing changes. They may have tried many different diets that weren’t sustainable or are confused about conflicting health information. Many don’t have the time or knowledge to implement a solid plan on their own and are now ready to get help to make some significant progress towards living a happier and healthier life.
To coach them to reach their peak physical and mental well-being, a good wellness coach use customized, one-on-one coaching and a highly successful and fun online nutritional training program. The combination facilitates the creation of lifestyle behaviors that align with lifestyle intentions.
“It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”
Ultimately change must come from within you. However, having a wellness coach helps take the overwhelm out of making the changes needed to meet your goals and becoming the best version of YOU.
Positive coaching experience is a true partnership. The client must be ready and willing to make changes (even small, subtle adjustments are a great start!). And finding a coach that you “click” with is another vital piece to the puzzle. You can explore more and more health and wellness jobs online to see the job description of a wellness coach.