• Marianne Gernetzke, MS, NBC-HWC, A-CFHC

Signs You May Benefit from Working with a Health Coach

In the difficult process of change, it is normal to experience periods of feeling "stuck" in our progress. Sometimes we may take steps backwards while we are moving forward.

No one person's journey looks the same as another's. The decisions we make about our health and wellness can be very personal, and often leave us feeling vulnerable.

Many people find that working with a health coach can be very beneficial. But how do you know if it is time to work with a coach?

Here are 12 signs that you might benefit from health coaching:

1. You don’t know how to make the changes you need to reach your health goals. You’d like someone to take the time to share additional information with you to help you move forward. (For example, about intermittent fasting, avoiding gluten, tracking macronutrients, or changing habits).

2. You are struggling to make decisions about how to improve your health. (Coaches won’t give you advice but they can help you seek clarity and self-understanding about what you want or need).

3. You feel demoralized by past failures and are hesitating to try again. You consider yourself lazy, unmotivated, or lacking willpower. Because you lack confidence, you dread the possibility of another disappointment.

4. You find yourself defending your self-defeating habits or addictions even though they are holding you back.

5. You are stuck in doubt: is this change really worth it?

6. You are thinking and reading a lot about making lifestyle changes but you keep delaying the actual work you need to do.

7. You are struggling to stick with new habits/health behaviors because you find them too demanding.

8. You find that the lifestyle change you are making is increasing your distress uncomfortably.

9. You are confused about self-defeating thoughts or behaviors (for example emotional eating habits) and you could use some help to understand how to get out of your own way.

10. You are struggling to create important boundaries (for example, saying “no” to others, keeping unhealthy foods out of the house, putting aside time and/or space for yourself).

11. Skills like relaxation, stress management, food planning/prep, mindfulness, sleep hygiene, and/or leisure/play are outside of your wheelhouse and you would like someone to help you build new skills.

12. You are looking for an accountability partner.

If any of these situations resonate with you, and you'd like to learn more about health and wellness coaching, please consider reaching out to Marianne, our coach for a free 60 minute consultation session.

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