So many career-driven professionals walk the line towards burnout, illness, weight gain, and discontent. I help them get ahead of that curve by implementing healthy habits to thrive throughout their busy day.
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Throughout the years, professional coaches have been instrumental in helping athletes and executives improve their performance. Olympians know that in order for them to win that gold medal, they have to find a coach, or a group of specialized coaches, to help them perform at their best. More recently, professional health and wellness coaches have been helping people live their best lives.
However, it is still a relatively new field. In 2016, the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches partnered with the National Board of Medical Examiners to launch a National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches. This partnership helped solidify the coaching profession in the health and wellness field. The board certification provides a measure of competencies and a standard knowledge, process and skills necessary to the practice of health and wellness coaching.
Yet again, I often get asked “what is a health and wellness coach?”.
Simply put, a health and wellness coach is a professional that takes their knowledge and passion for health and wellness to help you improve your wellbeing and make lasting changes in your life.
A health and wellness coach is NOT going to tell you WHAT to do; instead a coach will follow your wellness vision and partner with you to identify the process (HOW) to enhance your wellbeing.
The International Coaching Federation summarizes the process of coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”.
The Institute of Coaching at McLean, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, identifies coaching as “an interpersonal process that helps people achieve positive change and growth. By harnessing innate strengths, uncovering intrinsic motivations, and asking empowering questions, coaching fosters self-generated insight, vision, and goal clarity”.
So, now that you have a better idea of what a health and wellness coach is, what should you look for?
There is no one trait, background, or skill-set that makes coaches better. Just like with wellness, there are many factors that should be considered when you’re looking for your ideal health and wellness coach. These factors include:
As a wellness coaching client myself, I look for all the above; as well as someone that can hold me accountable to my personal wellbeing vision and help me develop my healthy habits.