So, What Does a Wellness Coach Do?
“Wellness coaching is a powerful relationship between a client and coach which explores the client’s greatest health concerns and goals, the obstacles to achieving those goals, and strategies to overcome the obstacles.” Ellen Goldman
What do you think it would be like to work with a Wellness Coach?
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Prov. 27:17;NIV)
Most of you who have followed our posts for any length of time know that I am passionate about educating and empowering others about wellness. Since my own health was nearly destroyed, I have a tremendous appreciation for being well. And I want others to be “well” along with me. If I can prevent anyone from walking through what I did, I’ll teach and preach wellness as long as I have breath.
Perhaps you’ve wondered, “What does Sharon really do? How does having a wellness coach work? How could she help me?” Many people know what they need to do to walk in better health. They know they need to exercise more, eat less fast food, and drink more water. But, they don’t do it! They might make a declaration of “No more fast food!” The first week they do well at avoiding the golden arches. They actually make a few meals from scratch and eat at home several nights. The next week finds their schedule even busier than the week before and their SUV automatically swerves into the “drive-through” for a burger and fries. “Supersize that while you’re at it!” Before long they’re lured back into the habitual use of fast food. They feel defeated and discouraged but they really don’t know how to make lasting change.
A wellness coach rides in on a white horse to the rescue. Well, that’s a stretch but it sure sounds good. Seriously, working with a wellness coach can prevent that kind of self-sabotaging behavior. Having encouragement, support, and accountability provides what the client needs to walk out their plan. When I work with a client, we look at their desired goals and outcomes they would like to reach. Some people are ready to dig in and attack it all…their eating, their exercise, their stress levels, etc. Other clients want and need to take it a little slower…even one thing at a time.
Initially I do an assessment with the client to determine where they are with their current level of health and wellness. How well are they sleeping? What are their energy levels like each day? How satisfied are they with their current weight? How much water are they really drinking each day? As I ask specific questions, the client begins to really ponder where they are in relation to their health and how far away they are from the mark. Then we begin setting simple, realistic and reachable goals or action items. We set up an accountability structure as a safeguard for the client…not as a tool to clobber them over the head. They get excited at the thought that they can make lasting change. If someone is drinking four diet sodas a day, we’ll explore this. What is this doing for them? What will it take for them to stop doing this? I do a lot of educating when I work with a client. I not only tell them why something isn’t good for them, I offer replacements of healthier options and I offer resources for them to do their own research to substantiate what I’ve told them.
We talk together for about an hour, two to three times per month depending on their need. They can send emails to me with questions in between calls. We work on everything from how much water they really need to be drinking to what time they’re going to bed each night. (I once worked with a client for three months on her getting to bed before midnight.) Even though someone says they want to make changes, there are many aspects involved with making the lasting change. A coach can and does bring much needed help and support so the client can become and stay WELL.
Father, we are so grateful that our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank You for giving us wisdom on how to care for them.
Link of the Day
The Christian Coaching Center – Wellness Coaching
Blessings on you as you ponder what it would be like to work with a wellness coach.
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