There is certainly no shortage of information in the world today, when it comes to health, wellness and wellbeing. But knowledge is not enough to make the difference between wanting better health for yourself and actually making it happen.
Whether you are choosing to create better health for yourself, or you have been advised by your GP to change your lifestyle for the sake of your health – changing your behaviour is the toughest part, even when you know you should do it.
Tayyaba Jordan, Ambassador to the UK Health Coaches Association, explains how the traditional approach of health teaching, which directs information at the patient/client with the expectation of compliance is missing a crucial link. This ‘knowledge only’ approach has little or no concern for the social context of their life or their individuality, making the difference between sowing a seed and it starting to sprout and bloom. Or not.
Instead, Tayyaba introduces you to health coaching – a model of healthcare centred on guidance that taps into the patient/client’s own personal motivation to change, meets them where they are and identifies their own values, beliefs, and concerns that support or hinder sustainable lifestyle change. No talking at clients and patients – but collaborating and supporting and working with them on their wellness journey.
Do you recognise these examples of self-talk in yourself?
- “I would exercise, but I am just too tired when I get home”.
- “I know that I should eat more fruits and vegetables, but I don’t have time to cook.”
- “I know meditation would help my anxiety but I cannot find the space and time to practice it”
If so, come and meet Tayyaba and the UK Health Coaches Team on Stand No. W14 and find out how health coaching can help you make the difference to your health and wellness.
You can also find a health coach in your area through our online directory