As a wellness coach, I am asked this question almost daily. I respond with something analogous like, “It’s a similar idea to why you would hire a coach to improve your skills in a particular sport. If you want to improve your wellness skills, you hire a wellness coach.” A sports coach will provide you with an objective perspective to help you make specific improvements to your technique that could dramatically improve your game. The same goes for wellness coaching. You may be unaware of areas in your life you could alter slightly that would have a dramatic impact on your lifestyle balance. This is one example how wellness coaching could help you. The role of a wellness coach is multi-faceted. Your wellness coach will act as a partner to collaborate with you on working towards your own unique and optimal state of well-being. Some examples of areas you might consider are: eliminating processed foods and learning to cook your own meals, beginning or improving your exercise routine and perhaps adding the “fun” aspect to activities, or evaluating your goals and how they relate to your values.
A wellness coach differs in approach from a personal trainer or a nutritionist in that they will work with you from a non-prescriptive standpoint, which means they will not tell you what direction is best for you to go in. Rather, they will encourage and empower you to make the choices that are most appropriate for you and your individual situation. Your wellness coach will essentially work with you on how to incorporate healthy habits into your life instead of what habits to create. Through the supportive and self-empowering environment provided by a wellness coach, you can learn what kinds of things you may personally experience each time you undergo making changes in your life. And your coach is there to walk with you every step of the way, keeping you focused and on track.
Developing a history of success over time creates positivity towards change and thus gives you more incentive to continue making healthier decisions all on your own. By mentally preparing yourself to handle change, you will set yourself up for many future successes. As you gain clarity about your own personal health values, and align your behaviors with these values, your sense of purpose will be heightened. By living in congruence with your values, you are also allowing yourself the opportunity to grow in confidence and self-worth. The more you value your life and your health, the better you will take care of yourself in mind, body and spirit.
I am here to help you reach your goals. Call me for a free health and wellness evaluation. It only requires 90 minutes of our time to find out how you can dramatically improve your health today and in the future.