What is a Health Coach?
Health and Wellness Coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. In the course of their work health and wellness coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change, and honoring that each client is an expert on his or her life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental. – ICHWC
So what does that mean? It means that you are the expert of you! You have the innate knowledge to put the puzzle pieces of your life in the correct order. Maybe you feel like you are stuck, stuck with poor health, stuck with bad habits you know you should break, stuck with feeling isolated, stuck with a medical condition that you don’t know how to overcome. A Health Coach helps YOU unstick yourself, helps you discover the pieces needed to put your puzzle together.
When I started on this journey to become a Health Coach, I thought I had most things figured out. I ate well, I exercised regularly, but what I didn’t have is life balance. I couldn’t name it but I felt it. Through this process I learned the best way for me to regain what I needed. No one told me how or what to do to find it, they helped me figure it out for myself. Yes, I had to be coached in order to be a coach. I now know how vitally important that was for me to understand this process of coaching. There are many different ways someone can come to call themselves a “Health Coach”. In my next post I’ll explain why it is important to work with a Certified Health Coach.