Working With a Whole Health Coach
Working with a Whole Health Coach
By Georgianna Donadio, MSc., PhD.
Today more than ever, prioritizing our health and wellness is critical, as the most current CDC data indicate: obesity prevalence in the United States is currently 41.9%, an alarming rise from the 30.5% reported from 1999-2000. It can be challenging in our digital world to find clarity and develop the discipline needed to accomplish our personal health goals. To this end, working with a whole health coach can assist in identifying practices to establish positive habits and achieve sustainable changes, tailored to our individual circumstances and conditions.
Whole health coaching is a whole person approach to health that addresses an individual’s 5 Aspects of Whole Health – the physical, emotional, nutritional, environmental, and spiritual/worldview. This type of coaching, combined with the skill-sets of whole health education and patient health advocacy, provides a personalized experience unique to each individual.
- The Journey to Holistic Health
Today, more people are recognizing the interconnected relationship between the above mentioned 5 Aspects of Health. A whole health coach understands this relationship and seeks to provide demystified information to educate their clients and empower them to make their own informed choices.
- The Whole Health Coach Difference
A whole health coach stands out from other wellness practitioners due to their unique and individualized approach to health and wellness. Working in partnership with clients, health advocates provide evidence-based information to meet each individual’s specific needs and goals.
Whole health coaches understand the vital role that proper nutrition plays in fostering both physical and mental health. They take a personalized approach to nutrition, working with clients to understand their unique nutritional requirements based on factors such as age, lifestyle, and health conditions.
Physical activity is a cornerstone of good health, and health detectives understand its significance in promoting overall well-being. They believe in the power of finding enjoyable and sustainable ways to incorporate movement into daily life. Whether the goal is weight loss, increased strength, or a boost in mood and energy levels, whole health coaches are dedicated to assisting clients achieve their fitness objectives.
- Emotional Health
Whole health coaches understand the close connection between emotional wellness and physical health. They assist clients with identifying emotional obstacles, such as stress, anxiety, or past traumas, that may impede their journey toward optimal health.
Health advocates empower clients to find balance and harmony in their lives. By providing them with evidence-based information, whole health coaches are dedicated to seeing their clients create a life filled with peace, joy, and well-being.
- Spiritual Well-being
Spirituality or a person’s worldview plays a significant role in a person’s state of health and well-being. A whole health coach acts as a guide on the side rather than a “sage on the stage”, helping clients discover their core values and beliefs. This process can include prayer, meditation, spending time in nature, gardening, etc.
This connection to spirituality can bring a new perspective and clarity to one’s life. This allows a deeper understanding of their values, beliefs, and purpose. Furthermore, it can lead to a greater appreciation for the present moment, reducing stress and anxiety.
The connections we form with others significantly impact our well-being and happiness. A whole health coach acts as a peer counselor, assisting clients in developing strong, supportive relationships with those closest to them, including friends, family, and romantic partners.
By cultivating healthy communication patterns, individuals can establish more meaningful relationships. These supportive connections can significantly enhance one’s overall health and well-being, making a positive difference in every aspect of life.
- Personal Growth
Personal growth and development are integral to achieving optimal wellness. A whole health coach educates and informs clients in their efforts to identify their health concerns, set sustainable health goals, and maximize their potential. This journey of self-discovery and growth can bring a renewed sense of fulfillment and satisfaction, contributing to overall well-being and happiness.
In closing, a whole health coach is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking optimal wellness. By addressing the interrelated aspects of physical, emotional, nutritional, environmental, and spiritual health, a patient health advocate helps individuals create a harmonious balance in their lives.