Health Coaching is a relatively new thing in Australia. I must admit that two years ago, I had no idea that Health Coaches even existed! Now that I am a Health Coach I thought I’d shed some light on what I do and don’t do.
First and foremost, I aim to empower people to live their own version of a happy and healthy life. I do this by truly listening to them about their concerns, goals and dreams. We discuss solutions to issues or problems and through this, the client often comes up with their own plan of action.
Health Coaches largely work with people who are generally healthy but may have mild health concerns such as headaches, sugar cravings and fatigue. We discuss ways to ‘crowd out’ caffeine, sugar and junk food as well as anything else that the client may need support with. For example, choosing the best gluten free or dairy free alternatives.
Clients experience great success in achieving their goals when they are able to come to their own conclusions about their health. For example, someone who has sugar cravings may never have thought about what triggers this. We encourage clients to listen to their body and ask meaningful questions to facilitate an understanding of the particular unhealthy habits that they want to overcome.
Of course, health isn’t just about what we eat. Often what we eat is secondary to everything else going on in our lives. Health Coaches take a holistic approach to health and wellness. We encourage clients to move their bodies and find an activity or exercise that they enjoy as well as explore what makes them happy.
Other areas to explore and discuss for your overall health and wellness include career, relationships, education, home environment, self-esteem, creativity, spirituality and stress-management. Your Health Coach is there for you to provide support with what you need to improve your health and wellbeing.
Can you think of a time in your life when you have had someone’s unbiased and undivided attention? When you have had someone truly listen to you and cheer you on? When you have had someone hold you accountable to your word so that you achieve your goals? This is the major role of a Health Coach.
It is not the role of a Health Coach to diagnose, prescribe treatments or cure illness. We cannot give medical advice or tailor meal plans or recommend medications. We are not doctors, Nutritionists or Dieticians. Clients would find great benefit in working with a Health Coach alongside these professionals. We can assist people in how to action recommendations from their health professional in a way that fits in to their lifestyle.
You will find that there are Health Coaches out there who specialise in different areas. This may be because they have overcome or experienced a particular situation or health concern or they may have a background that complements Health Coaching. What is important is that you are able to find someone you are comfortable with and relaxed talking to. Only you know what is best for you.
If you are ready to make some long lasting and positive changes to your health and wellness, you can find out more about my Health Coaching Program here or contact me for your free consultation here. The right time to start is always now!
Maybe you are interested in becoming a Health Coach too? I’d be happy to answer your questions. You can contact me here.