Like many things in life, health coaching is an investment. Is it worth the cost? Here are 10 benefits worth considering.
1. Health Coaching Could Mean Savings on Healthcare
Only 6 percent of the population adhere to the top healthy behaviors. (1) Up to 85% of health is determined by what we do day-in-and-day out, not by our genetics. (2) Coaching can keep us accountable for lifestyle factors that may help guard against disease. An investment in health coaching today could mean avoiding greater healthcare costs in the future.
2. Health Coaching Supports an Essential Ingredient for Change
Autonomy refers to the ability to make our own decisions. One of the beautiful things about coaching is the fact YOU get to decide. You get to decide your goals. You get to decide the rate you want to try to achieve those goals, the means in which to achieve them, and the ways you want to celebrate your accomplishments. Making the decision to invest in health coaching is a symbolic “This is what I want!” stamped in time and space. Change is most likely to occur when it’s your idea. (3) This practice in autonomy by just the initial monetary investment is the same crucial component needed for lasting, meaningful changes in your health and wellbeing.
3. Health Coaching Transforms Thoughts into Reality
Investing in health coaching could be the push you’ve been needing to take contemplation to action. How many times have you thought about making changes to support your health? How many ways have you attempted to change things on your own? How many times have you come up with reasons and ways to make the change but you’re still not budging?
Coaching increases your engagement and investment in your own health and life, helping you decide what it is that you most want to do for your health. (3) For every really awesome reason to make a change, there’s also very legitimate reasons to stick with the status quo. Health coaching is a conversation where you talk yourself into change.
4. Health Coaching is an Investment in Yourself
How do you invest in yourself? Is it by learning a new skill? Spending time with people you admire? Reading to inform or inspire?
Coaching is a monetary investment that leads to greater investment in your health and wellbeing. Perhaps it’s getting quality sleep, setting better boundaries at work, finding a movement practice you like, or exploring what brings you joy.
Health coaching is a gift you give yourself. And, don’t be surprised if you notice how it affects those around you. If you began coaching tomorrow, what would be different in 6 weeks? 6 months? How would these changes influence you and those who know you best?
5. Health Coaching Supports Integration in the Brain and in Life
Two of the main components to health coaching sessions are powerful questions and thoughtful reflections. Inquiries engage the prefrontal cortex and its logical reasoning power. Reflections interact with the emotional limbic area of the brain. Coaching brings integration between the logical and emotional. This can positively influence your ability to make decisions and find solutions.
6. Coaching Supplies the Tools & Environment for Health
Would you take a car to the dentist for new breaks? Wrong tools and wrong environment.
Health coaching creates the ideal environment for personal transformation. According to Dr. Karen Lawson, MD, a powerful health coaching environment consists of mindful presence, authentic communication, self-awareness, and safe/sacred space. (4)
In addition, health coaching supports what Dr. Stephen Porges calls the social engagement system. Here, instead of being in a state of fight or flight or frozen shutdown, we get more access to our reasoning, creativity and other key components that support planning, problem-solving and dreaming about what could be.
7. Health Coaching Puts “Me Time” on the Calendar
Are you a giver? Always pouring into others? Are you a doer? Always checking off the to-do lists for work and home? These can lead to a lack of time to take care of yourself. Coaching is a way to put yourself on your calendar.
8. Coaching Unites Value, Attention and Expectations
A friend tells a story about trying to sell a car that was no longer needed. First, the owner started with a large sign that said FREE. Weeks went by, people drove by day after day and no one inquired about the vehicle. Finally, the owner traded out the sign for one with a dollar amount. The car was sold the next day to a very satisfied customer. Why? The value, attention and expectations we assign to things often correlate to the price tag.
9. Working with Me as a Health Coach Means Partnering with a Professional
Coaches are change agents, accountability partners, motivation-seekers and strength-spotters. As a certified health coach, I think about tools such as motivational interviewing, change theory, the role of unique strengths and personality as well as other components of instruction I’ve pursued as both a coach and an educator. I follow guidelines set forth by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching, the gold standard for professional health coaching.
10. You Could Get the Results You Want, Faster
Carving out space in your pocketbook for health coaching is a reflection of the space you’ll need to carve out in your life for changes.
You get out what you put in. As a teacher, I aimed to never work harder than my students. As a coach, I smile when clients reap the benefits from working for the changes they want.
Health and Wellness Coaching is an Investment in Yourself, Your Health & Your Happiness
Trying to decide if now is the right time to invest in coaching? Curious but have questions? Send me a message or request a no-cost discovery call to learn more.