What Is A Health Coach?
When you think of a health coach, do you think of someone who is going to tell you what you should do?
I know, that’s my first thought.
Telling someone what to do frequently increases the chance that they won’t do it
I have found that to be true in my case.
That frequently is the coaching you get at your provider’s office.
Take this, do that.
Most people get the “take this part” but the do that part, not so much.
Should I use a health coach?
We all agree that there are things in our lives that should probably change in order for us to be healthy enough to enjoy life.
Let me ask you this.
Close your eyes or think for a moment how your life is going to be in 1-3 years if you continue the way you are. Eating the same foods, getting the same exercise, watching the same amount of TV, whatever.
Now, picture your ideal life. I’m not talking about material things but how you would like to be living, moving, enjoying life.
Now ask yourself what you need to change to get to that goal.
How exactly does the health coach help me achieve my goals?
The health coach should help you achieve those goals in a way that is acceptable to you. I may decide to be gluten-free, but that may not be your thing. The coaching is centered on you and your goals and how you think you can reach them.
Maybe you want to get off of some of your prescription meds. First of all, you should know why you are taking them and how they may be interfering with being healthy. I am not advocating not taking medicine. Pharmaceuticals have their purpose but should not take the place of lifestyle changes that could keep you off of them.
Maybe you want to know how alternative therapies might help you be healthier.
The key here is the coaching is goal oriented and the goals are yours.
It is not an ongoing forever process. Which is not to say you may not come back as your goals change.
Can you do these things yourself without a coach.? Sure. But will you?
Coaches can provide the information you need to make changes but, specific advice is only given with permission.
This might go like “ I can’t sleep at night but I don’t want to take drugs”.
The coach may say, I have some alternative therapies that may help you. Would you like to hear about them?
Do any of these sound like something that would be doable for you?
Then the coach would help you facilitate that change.
This is just a short explanation of health coaching.
If you would like more information, leave a comment or
drop me an email at email@example.com.
Terri Lohman RN, DNP, FNP-BC, CCA
Check out this article on health coaching.