Enrolling in a health coaching program is a great way to help motivate yourself to really take your health goals seriously. Your coach can cheer you on and offer you new suggestions you would not have come up with on your own. But it is important to realize that health coaching programs are a collaboration. It's not your coach doing the work for you — it's the coach teaming up with you to make your health goals a reality. To succeed in health coaching, you also have to put in the effort. Here are some things you can do to ensure your own success.
Be honest with your coach.
There are a lot of health-related topics that may feel a little embarrassing to share. For example, you may be embarrassed to admit that you binge on cookies several nights a week, or that you haven't eaten vegetables in a month. But in order to give you the best help, your health coach needs to know the reality of where you're coming from. Be honest with them, even if it feels a little uncomfortable. Your health coach should make you feel supported, confident, and less alone in your struggles.
When you have a session with your health coach, take notes as if you were in a class. It's easy to get so engrossed in conversation during your session that you lose track of the important points and things you need to implement later on. If you keep notes, you'll have something to look back on later, and you'll be more likely to actually make those changes.
Health coaches generally do their best to speak in an understandable and relatable way, but sometimes they may use words or phrases that are above your head. If they do say something you don't quite understand, stop them and ask them to explain. They won't mind at all, and you'll know exactly what you're being recommended to do.
Be open to new ideas and suggestions.
Most people enter health coaching with a lot of preconceived ideas of what healthy living looks like and what a healthy diet looks like. But information about health and wellness is always evolving. Your health coach may have some suggestions that feel very different or unusual to you. Be open to giving them a try! Your health coach is suggesting them because they're quite confident they will work, so you may be surprised.
Health coaching programs can be a great way to improve your health and wellness. But as with most problems, you get out what you put in.
My name is Shawna Banks and this is a blog that focuses on health issues that affect women. I became interested in women's health when my sister began having medical problems. After her condition worsened, she went to see a doctor. After her diagnosis and successful treatment, I helped her research the different kinds of health conditions that are common in women. By becoming knowledgeable about these types of problems, we can keep ourselves healthier. I hope that when you read this blog, it will help you to identify symptoms that shouldn't be ignored. If necessary, you can schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.