Certified Holistic Health Coach - Louisville KY
"Encouragement to all women is - let us try to offer help before we have to offer therapy. That is to say, let's see if we can't prevent being ill by trying to offer a love of prevention before illness." ~Maya Angelou
Because wikipedia knows everything, here is their definition: Health coaching is the use of evidence-based skillful conversation, clinical interventions and strategies to actively and safely engage client/patients in health behavior change. This is actually spot on - nice job inter-web. :)
I get asked this question a lot, so I thought it would be a good topic to cover here. Let's talk statistics real quick. Did you know that my children's generation (I'm a gen-xer/xennial) is the first generation that is not predicted to outlive their parents? Did you know that 1 in 4 in the US are chronically overweight or have type 2 diabetes and another 33% are on their way? Did you know that 1 in 3 of these are children? Did you know by 2025 it's predicted that 1 in 2 will have diagnose-able autism and 1 in 2 will have cancer? (links below, thanks again inter-web)
It's statistics like these, and being and living in our culture of fast paced, quick-fix, easy or read-made mind-set that has provided us right where we are. When I began this journey of health coaching in 2012, I had my own slew of questions, issues, concerns and set-backs. I was looking for answers that my doctors couldn't give me and a therapist didn't know. I did it for myself, my kids, my husband, my family. I was my first client and still am, every day. This is a way of life, not a diet, quick-fix, laundry list of ingredients to go buy and prepare in advance.
Freedom is not found in a doctors office somewhere. You are not deficient in additional prescriptions or chemical concoctions. Your body is really smart because that is how you were created. When you cut your arm, what do you do, what happens? You clean it, nurture it, cover it and it heals itself. New skin appears within a day. Why, how? Because your body wants you to be healthy. Now, if you scratch it, pour acid on it, don't clean or cover it...the opposite happens.
So, health coaching is like this too. Our world eats away at us, it's the nature of society. But your whole-self needs attention, mind-body-spirit are all interconnected. Your dying inside to be free, fulfilled, healthy and loved while fighting against what life throws your way every day, both inside and out. I get it, I live here too.
Free takeaway for your wellness Wednesday is this: Love yourself today. Do something that makes your heart sing, laugh, and feel alive. And then, do it for someone else. After all, laughter is the best medicine!
Confession, I love podcasts, audible, online books and anything/everything I can listen to as often as I have time to fit it in my schedule. I’ve been introduced to a new spiritual writer this week, Mark Nepo, who speaks profound truths in his books and poetry. His personal fight with cancer provided him the opportunity to see and live life in a way he would’ve never done without it. Here are just a few take-aways from the podcast I was lucky enough to hear while getting ready this morning.
There is something to be said for routine and body rhythm. While we sometimes need a break, we also thrive and look forward to getting back into a pace. Why is that, I often ask myself this following a desperately needed vacation or kids summer break? I believe it all comes back to balance. Our bodies thrive with balance - not too much, not too little, but just enough.
We can overdo it on anything, from broccoli to ice cream, too much of either means bad news for your system. Same with sun and rain, exercise and lethargy. We were created to thrive in balance. If you are feeling off, look internally instead of externally, what has you off balance? What are you missing that you used to love, how can you grow, what pushes you out of your comfort zone and what keeps you in? Be willing to ask yourself hard questions and lean on the counsel of close friends. We are designed to thrive, if we will allow ourselves to.
Look, we all fall out of alignment. It doesn't have to throw you in a downward spiral, though. There are people who are placed in our lives for a reason, who are there to help lift you up, get you on track, and guide you back to your best self. That changes from day to day, momemt to moment, year to year. Lean on them when you are in need, and be willing to give your hand and heart to those you can help as well.
We all face so many trials, yet feel so isolated...like we are the only ones going through the fire. The bible says WHEN, not IF, we face trials, we are not meant to go it alone. My source of peace is always found in the Word, and the friends/fam that surrounds me. And so, I give thanks.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. ...
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;"
Hi, I'm Teresa. I am a Holistic Health Coach who focuses on autoimmunity and building your best self.