Health Coach for Client Centered Care
In this post, we’ll talk about why you need a health coach in your corner.
There’s never been a more “health” oriented time. You might find yourself among the many who have thought, “Am I doing the right things for me?”
Our standard health care team looks like this:
- Primary Doctor
- Pediatrician (if you have kiddos)
- OB-Gyn (🚺)
Some of you might be saying, well wait now, I’ve got a chiropractor too! Maybe even an acupuncturist you consider a priority in your health care plan. So what does having a health coach in your arsenal have to do with this, you ask?
Well for starters, let’s look at time.
The most consistent complaint about the health care services we receive from our providers is the lack of time we as patients get. Studies show, you’ve got a whopping 15 seconds before your medical doctor interrupts you from explaining all about Billy Bob’s ear infection. Wait, what? Yep.
Being heard is often one of the most important parts of having a successful patient/provider relationship. If you feel valued and heard, you will leave that space feeling a lot more confident then when you walked into it. Regardless if that space is your pediatrician’s office, your marriage counselor, even your employer’s office; being heard is vital. Which brings us back to the point here, the benefits of adding a health coach into your team are countless!
Here’s a few common topics you can work on in a health coaching session..
- MENTAL AWARENESS
- MIND-BODY CONNECTION
- LIFE-WORK BALANCE
I don’t know about you, but eating is one of my favorite past-times. I LOVE food. I’m passionate about food.
Especially french pastries.. (I’m looking at you, macaroons.)
Keeping this in mind, I also have a healthy respect for what food can or can’t do for my body and my mind. I’ve learned that I can enjoy my passion for flaky, dough infused wonders and still eat plenty of meals that will affect me positively. Part of having a health coach is working through this process of finding a balance with your life and diet. What are you comfortable with cutting out? How comfortable are you adding new things in? Making tangible goals together as a partnership equals a long line of success for yourself when it comes to learning how to eat better and FEEL better.
Getting your Move on
I honestly can’t think of a place I cringe more at the thought of attending than the gym. Like walking into an auditorium of judgement, the gym is for me about as anxiety inducing as it gets. Luckily, not all people are like me. And lucky for me, I’ve found what activities I can do to get my body moving happily that doesn’t involve going anywhere near the Anytime Fitness parking lot.
Do you really love being outside? Does hiking make your mood soar? What about swimming, do you feel free and unrestricted in the water? Exercise is always an important section of our lives, yet we look at it as an arduous task we have to squeeze into our already busy day. Where does your health coach come into the picture here? Motivation.
You know yourself better than anyone, you know what activities you like, and what things bring you joy. Having your health coach help you walk through those activities and ideas, you can really zero in on what movement activities can stick. They can take the time to listen to you, and help identify what would be motivating for you, not a burden.
Finding your Mind-Body Connection
The last topic I’ll touch on here, is definitely not the least. Having a solid mind-body connection means you get an insider’s intuition to yourself. You will find that balance comes a lot easier when you are respectful of your mental and physical restrictions, when they work together you are able to accomplish so much more than before.
We’ve established adding a health coach to your health plan not only benefits your nutrition, your exercise output, but can also strengthen your connection to yourself. Our minds can truly affect how healthy our bodies are, and vice versa. This all wraps back around to that really vital piece. Time. Being heard. HAVING the time to be heard. Guess who can give you that? You got it. Your health coach.