Your wellness

by Kristin Smith

Is Coaching Right for You?

Check out a newer resource for your wellness journey

You’ve probably heard of wellness coaching before but slightly unsure of precisely what a wellness coach offers. Over the years the wellness industry has grown, and more people are becoming mindfully conscious of their well- being.

It seems health coaching is becoming very mainstream, but how is it different from other coaching? What exactly does a health coach offer?

Health coaches meet you where you are. Once your goals are determined, they help you map out a plan to reach them. The coach guides clients through the process of creating a vision for their health and well-being, developing a healthy mindset and healthy habits and encouraging them every step of the way until they accomplish their goals.

Specific areas where this coaching can be helpful include:

  • Reduce inflammation and joint pain

  • Alleviate stress

  • Nutrition & diet

  • Weight loss

  • Deeper sleep.

Look for a coach that practices a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that he or she looks at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As you work together, all parts of your life will be evaluated for how they affect your health as a whole.

Together you’ll work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep and maximizing energy. You can also expect to develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and then implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance, and health.

Health Coaching is not?

Mental illness, certified dietician needs and therapy are best handled by experts in those fields rather than a coach. While coaches can help with improving the mindset of their clients, it’s crucial the scope of practice is thorough and understood.

How can a Health and Wellness Coach help?

They provide accountability to their clients which encourages you to reach your goals and not to give up. Your coach helps and inspires you to thrive by making healthy lifestyle and nutritional choices. Mainly, they are your accountability partner helping you navigate your health plan to reach your potential. Your best coach is a listener rather than a consultant.

Questions worth asking yourself

Now that it’s clear what a coach offers here are some things to think about. Your answers can help clarify whether now is the time for wellness coaching:

  • Do I struggle meeting health-related goals?

  • Do I always crave sugar and caffeine?

  • Do I have constant achy joints and feel inflamed?

  • Do I have low energy?

  • Do I struggle with sleep?

  • Do I lack self-care in my life?

Kristin Smith is a Certified Integrative Health & Wellness Coach with her RYT 200 yoga certification. She also leads Corporate Wellness Workshops, Retreats, and Private Practice. You can learn more about Kristin at www.kristinsmithwellness.com.

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