Incorporating new habits and maintaining them in the long term isn't easy. Health coaching can help you to be the best version of yourself and live better for longer.
Chances are, you already know what you need to do in order to be healthier. It’s doing it that’s hard.
That’s where health coaching comes in. A health coach provides accountability, support and encouragement to help you become the healthiest version of yourself.
Maybe you feel healthy? After all, you’re not sick. But there’s more to health than that. The World Health Organisation defines health as: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
If you really examine your life against this statement, you’ll most likely find room for improvement. If you feel like you’re honestly as healthy as you can be right now, that’s fantastic, keep it up!
There’s increasing evidence that the way we live our lives affects our risk of developing disease. If you want to live better for longer, whatever your starting point, there are things you can do today to improve your health.
Modern life is frantic. Your days are spent juggling chores, work, family, social commitments… Reports are due, you promised to take the kids, and you can’t believe it’s already Monday again! It’s no wonder you look for little ways to feel happier. It’s just unfortunate that sometimes when you’re looking for that happiness, you can find it in unhealthy lifestyle habits. Health Coaching is all about finding healthier ways to feel happier.
Rather than focusing on what’s ‘wrong’ or what needs to be ‘fixed’, coaching will highlight what has, can and will work for you. Your coach can help you to discover your strengths and lean on them in order to overcome any mental barriers and make healthy changes.
Coaching gets you ‘unstuck’ by helping you figure out what’s keeping you from reaching your health goals.
Health Coaching is a vehicle that helps you achieve a higher level of wellbeing, particularly when change is hard.
It’s not a matter of being ordered around by someone who knows best. The coaching process is a Coach-Client partnership where you are the expert of your own health. You set your own goals, create your own strategies to achieve them, while your Coach supports you every step of the way. Their job isn’t to tell you what to do. It’s to improve your self-motivation and help you understand that change is possible. Importantly, coaching is about what works for you, in your life, it is not a one size fits all approach.
The techniques your coach might use are based on a wide range of psychological theories. Some tools include:
You only have to spend thirty seconds online before you’re bombarded with health and wellness guidance, products and services. Just knowing where to start on your wellness journey soon feels like a monumental task. That’s where your Coach can offer a second opinion and trusted advice to help you plot the right course.
Your Coach can help you to:
Health Coaches can help ANYONE who wants to live better.
With their holistic approach they’ll help improve your life, incorporating all aspects of life that nourish you and help you feel well. For instance, eating slowly and mindfully has an important impact on how well we feel, but can you honestly say you practise mindful eating?
Health Coaches are on their own health journeys as well! They're imperfect humans just like you. They’re constantly learning and growing by practising ‘Trial and Correction’.
Health coaching is a collaborative partnership and your coach won’t simply tell you what to do. Instead, they provide you with the tools and the mindset you need to make the best decisions for your own wellbeing. A good coach will never tell you off or leave you feeling like you’ve done something wrong, they’ll help you understand why you might not be making the changes you want to and help you course correct.
The data shows health coaching can be effective in improving many different health conditions. A large study conducted in the USA1 showed that meaningful improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and cardiovascular risk scores were seen after just 12 weeks of a health coaching programme. More and more doctors are starting to see health coaching as part of treatment for many diseases including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.
No matter where you are in your health journey, having support, accountability and encouragement can help. You don’t need to wait until you get sick to reset your health and start living your best life. More and more scientific evidence is showing the life-enhancing benefits of movement, eating well and being mindful. Things your Health Coach can help you do more of in your day-to-day life.
At Selph we’ve worked with experts in medicine, mindfulness, psychology and behaviour change to create a 12-week health reset course. You’ll receive holistic support to improve your health, feel better and enjoy your life. Our Health Coaches are people just like you, who also struggle with behavioural changes and can empathise with your experience.
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