1. Why everyone could benefit from a health coach
We all know who to turn to when we are sick. Likewise, we can identify the need for psychological help. But what happens when we are not sick and neither totally healthy and strong?
At times we are conscious that we need to start taking care of ourselves because our body begins to show symptoms of physical distress. In that case, a health coach may be of great help to assist you in initiating the lifestyle necessary changes to prevent illness and get your health back on track.
Just as we seek the help of a personal trainer when we want to exercise in an orderly way, avoid injuries and force us to develop a habit, the health coach performs these same roles but applied to a broader scope.
2. What aspects of health does a health coach work on?
Coaching is based on bio individuality. It is absolutely personalized. Each person has different objectives and a different starting point.
The health coach’s practice is structured according to the concepts of Primary Food and Secondary Food. Secondary food is nutrition, strictly speaking. Whereas primary food relates to the other areas of life that affect well-being, such as personal relationships, professional career, stress, spiritual practice, rest, physical exercise, etc.
Together with the health coach you can develop a personalized wellness plan for yourself. We are unique and different from each other. What works for me may not work for you. This bio-individuality determines in each case the areas to work on and the process involved to achieve results.
3. Most common areas of work
- Getting some order in your eating. It is not about dieting. Diets involve restriction and in the long run they don’t work. It’s about finding the right way of eating for you that suits your tastes and pace of life and that you can stick to forever.
- Acquire stress management tools. Stress has many expressions. From skin conditions, digestive discomfort, difficulty getting a restful sleep, problems to concentrate, poor memory, lack of motivation, fatigue … and so on. Knowing how to identify them is key to be able to take action and introducing small daily steps can make a big difference.
- Achieve an overall improvement in your habits to feel better. Resources to integrate sport, meditation or rest into your daily life once and for all.
- Examining whether your personal relationships are enriching you, or on the contrary, are toxic and taking action.
4. Methodology of a health coach’s practice
The first step will be to help you assess, with no judgment, your present level of wellness. Determining your starting point is the first stage in setting priorities. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s circle of life tool is extremely useful for this.
By deepening in each of the 12 areas of the circle of life, we will be able to assess in which ones we can find support to work on the ones that may be unbalanced. Understanding the relationships between the imbalances is key to establishing priorities and a plan of action.
From there, several interviews will follow, in which the health coach:
- Will support you in understanding the correlations between these imbalances and help you take initiatives to correct them.
- Can provide you with audio-visual or reading material, as well as other resources to keep you focused and help you gradually introduce long-term changes in your lifestyle.
- Will help you to evaluate your progress and correct any possible deviations.
- Will provide you with a space for active listening, without judgment. And a quiet time to slow down, think and get back to action knowing where you are headed and how to eventually get there.
If all this is resonating with you, and you would like us to work together for your well-being, you can find out more about my customised coaching program.