Health Coaching is like any other type of coaching but with a specialty in health. Health Coaching is synonymous with being a supportive mentor and wellness authority that will help you feel your best through diet and lifestyle changes by tailoring individualized wellness programs to have your individual needs met. A health coach is someone who sees a bigger vision for you than you may even be able to see for yourself, guiding and instructing you on your journey toward optimal health.
The Benefits of Health Coaching
As your health coach, we focus on building you up as a whole. We do our best to put you in the center by working on different areas of health and wellness that are all inter-connected to your overall health and wellbeing. These include:
- Movement, Exercise, and Rest
- Physical Environment
- Relationships and Communication
- Personal and Professional Development
- Mind-Body Connection
In our work teaching patients good nutrition, the importance of regular exercise, and mindful response to stressors, we’ve come to respect that ‘understanding’, while a necessary first step, usually doesn’t change the way we behave. When it comes down to it we all know we’re supposed to eat our vegetables, exercise, and rest. Why don’t we?
That’s a complicated question, and we each have our answers. One way to visualize a shared answer—something we all have in common—is a habit. As we’ve made our way through childhood and into adulthood we’ve developed a matrix of habits that move us through our days. And that’s good because we don’t have the time or energy to think about every single thing we do—how exhausting!
Sadly, many of the habits which have become our ‘default settings’ for eating, moving, and resting do not support our health and well-being. In fact, as lifestyle medicine research tells us, many of our habits are contributing to near-epidemic health problems including early death. The improvement of that picture lies in changing lifestyle habits and making them sustainable habits.
How Can A Health Coach Help Me?
At Plum Spring Clinic, our health coaching creates dynamic partnerships with patients to investigate their default settings and set about to change them. Core competencies of active listening and open-ended inquiry help patients connect deeply with their vision for health, often sparking the motivation needed to change ingrained ways of doing things that do not support their well-being. From there we prioritize areas to work in, with a focus on developing meaningful goals and action steps that are accountable. We identify the patient’s strengths for meeting this challenge—where have they succeeded in this before—and vulnerabilities, anticipating obstacles and preparing strategies for meeting them. In this way, we ‘connect the dots’ on the therapeutic elements of our patients’ individual programs, and over time create well-being and new habits to sustain it.
With our holistic health coaching, we are there for you to be your partner in taking charge of your health, recognizing bad choices, and teaching you to make wise choices. We’ll empower you, support you, motivate and inspire you, encourage you as well as challenge you.
Also, we will give you a new approach to your lifestyle in terms of getting fit, understanding what beneficial habits to be kept consistent, and learning to stop non-beneficial habits. We will teach you to focus on the health changes you need to make and also on managing chronic health conditions to better enhance your life. If you’re ready to make a change to your lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to contact us by filling the form below. Our team will respond to your questions as soon as possible.