The steady increase in the number of people that are developing chronic health problems is astounding. Some might even say it’s depressing or that it’s a “luck of the draw”.
What’s even more astounding though, is that people are realizing that only treating the symptoms is NOT the way to healing. People know that they have to get to the root of their problem in order to get their health back. And THAT, in my opinion, is so profound and hopeful.
More and more people are waking up to the reality that their current lifestyle does not support their health.
But the problem that they face is that they don’t know what to do or where to start on their healing journey. And I don’t blame them!
There is so much confusing and contradicting information in the health world today. What works for one person might not work for another, even if they have similar symptoms. You could scour the Internet for hours and hours but all that’ll probably do is make you feel even more confused and overwhelmed than before… #informationoverload
So what’s a person to do so that they can heal and be whole again? Health coaching could be the perfect solution.
If you’re in this situation then you might be wondering what the benefits of working with a health coach are.
And even if you were convinced that a health coach would be a step in the right direction, how do you find a health coach that is perfect for YOU?
Let’s find out!
The Benefits of Working with a Health Coach
1. You get a personalized plan according to your needs.
You’ve probably come to realize that there’s no “one size fits all” solution, especially when it comes to healing from chronic health problems. We are all so unique, which means that each of us needs a unique healing plan.
One of the most important parts of a health coach’s job is to meet the client wherever they are in their healing journey. And from there, determine what their needs are and what approach would be the most beneficial to them based on their goals and values. You work together with your coach to come up with a plan that will work for YOU.
2. …But you still have full control of the agenda.
Even after you’ve come up with an action plan with your health coach, you’re still in full control of the agenda. Maybe your action items after a particular session didn’t go as well as you thought. Or maybe something came up and you couldn’t focus as much as you wanted to on the changes you were going to make. That’s life.
But you get to call the shots – so if something didn’t work out or if the action plan is moving too fast (or too slow), you can make changes to the plan. Your coach is looking for feedback from you about how things went in between sessions.
And if something didn’t work quite work out as anticipated, then together you and your health coach go back to the drawing board to come up with a new plan that’ll work for you.
3. Your health coach educates you about your health and how to make changes that will support you in the long-term.
One of the greatest things about working 1:1 with a health coach is that you get personalized advice based on your health struggles. Many coaches will provide you with handouts and other information packages (depending on what goals you’re working towards) so that you always have something to refer to in the future.
Throughout the coaching relationship you’ll learn many new things about living a healthier lifestyle. But more importantly, a coach should be teaching you the best practices in order to maintain this lifestyle in the long-term, even after the coaching program has ended.
4. Got stuck, overwhelmed or facing an obstacle? Your health coach helps you break through the blocks to continue moving forward on your health journey.
No path to healing is perfect. There are many twists, turns and fallbacks along the way. Sometimes we might even get stuck in an area we didn’t think would be such a huge problem for us.
Facing obstacles is a natural part of any journey. However, sometimes it can leave people feeling unmotivated or too overwhelmed to continue forward or to find a solution. Working with a health coach gives you that extra support and guidance to help move through these blocks. Your coach is there to help you see things from a different perspective and offer solutions for overcoming whatever’s got you stuck.
5. A health coach keeps you motivated and accountable.
Your health coach is like a personal cheerleader – always there to keep you motivated and moving forward on your healing journey. Having a coach helps keep us accountable to our goals, making us much more likely to reach those goals! They’re also there to remind us of all the small wins along the journey and to celebrate every step forward.
6. You have someone there to answer all your questions and give you personalized advice.
As I said earlier, the Internet is overflowing with information. You can Google search pretty much anything and find something written on that topic. But that doesn’t mean all those sources are reliable or up-to-date.
Your health coach, on the other hand, is a great resource for health-related information. And the best part? They can give you personalized advice based on your needs or current situation. Many health coaches also offer unlimited email support in their programs, giving you peace of mind that there’s someone within reach who can answer your questions.
7. Your health coach can relate to your struggles and is there to listen to you when all you want is to be heard.
One of the toughest parts of a person’s healing journey is going through it alone. Friends and family don’t really understand what it’s like, even though they try to be supportive.
But often times, health coaches are led and inspired to get into the health coaching profession because they’ve gone through a health struggle themselves. So they get it.
Sometimes we just need to let out whatever we’ve been holding in from fear of being misunderstood. A health coach is a person who does understand and is there to listen. A health coaching session is a “no-judgement” zone, so you can feel safe to let out your struggles to someone who can relate.
8. You can get extra support in other areas (such as nutrition or fitness)
Many health coaches are also certified in other complementary modalities such as personal training, nutrition, and so on. So if you’re looking for extra support in a particular area, a specialized health coach can help you reach those goals faster and more effectively.
Does working with a health coach sound like something that would be beneficial to you? Great! I’ve got a free worksheet you can download that will help you through the process of finding your perfect health coach!
How to Find the Perfect Health Coach (for YOU)
There are so many amazing health coaches out there in the world today. And more and more people are getting certified as health coaches everyday.
But it doesn’t mean they’re all the same – which isn’t a bad thing! Quite the opposite, actually.
Each and every health coach has their own unique experiences, backgrounds, personalities, and specializations. This is great news for you because that means you can find someone who perfectly resonates with you and your journey.
The health coaching relationship is one of the most important relationships you’ll form in your life. Actually – it should be life-changing! And because you’re making a time and money investment, you want to work with someone who will mesh well with you and your personality, and who can help bring out your inner strength as you go through your own healing journey.
Don’t forget to grab the free worksheet to help you find your perfect health coach match!
STEP #1. Think about your values and goals.
Writing down what your values and goals are is a great way to get clarity in these areas. Once you’re clear on what your values and goals, it makes it much easier to make choices in your day-to-day life that will help support those goals while also honoring your values.
STEP #2. Decide which coaching format would work best for you.
There’s a huge variety of services you can get from any given health coach. Some offer only 1:1 programs (premium), while others may also offer group coaching programs (cheaper). Some people only work locally and prefer in-person sessions, but others only work online and meet with clients over Skype or by telephone.
STEP #3. Book a free introductory or discovery session.
Many health coaches offer a free introductory session, which gives you a chance to talk to them about your goals and see if their services can help you. This free session is also a great way to start getting to know a potential coach and see how your personalities fit together.
STEP #4. Invest in your health.
Investing in your health is one of the most important investments you can make. But it can be a little scary taking that leap – How much value will I get for my money? Was this worth it? What if things don’t work out?
By following these steps, you’ll be much more likely to find a health coach that’s perfect for YOU. And always trust your gut feeling when choosing to work with someone. Our intuition always guides us in the right direction!
And in case you missed it, here’s the free worksheet that’ll help you find that perfect health coach:
Oh – and hey, in case you were wondering, yes I do offer 1:1 health coaching programs 🙂 Interested in learning more? Click here to see what I offer.
Regardless of who you choose to work with, health coaching is a valuable investment in your health. It offers you clear guidance and direction on your health journey so that you can stop feeling overwhelmed and confused and instead focus on your healing.
It’s time to take your health back and thrive!
With all my love,