Wellness coaching is a combination of a few different disciplines of personal change, focusing on the mind and body as a whole.
There’s an unbreakable connection between the body and the mind – you might have noticed this in a variety of different ways. For example, you might have noticed that you’re in a much better mood after exercising than if you’d have been lazing around eating junk food and watching TV. You might also have noticed that a short walk outside and getting ‘some fresh air’ clears the mind.
These aren’t unrelated coincidences – one affects the other. This is what wellness life coaching is based upon.
It’s a holistic approach to your overall wellbeing, combining elements of nutrition coaching, health coaching, fitness coaching (the body) and life coaching (the mind). If it’s important to you, it can also include career coaching and relationship coaching.
A wellness coach understands that if your intention is to make changes in your life’s direction, by seeing to your body’s health you’re increasing the leverage you have over your mind. It’s fuel increasing your drive, desire and performance in achieving your goals.
If your goals are more fitness oriented, your wellness coach will make sure your nutrition and health is in peak condition to feed your fitness, and your personal or professional life is in harmony to provide grist for the mill.
If your goals are health oriented, to recover from illness and to increase your strength and resilience for example, there’s no better way to do it than a four pronged approach strengthening your nutrition, fitness, life and health at the same time.
What’s at the foundation of wellness coaching (and all coaching disciplines) is the assumption that you are not broken. You’re not defective, and there’s nothing in you which needs fixing.
There’s no need to dwell on the past, and drag up painful memories from the past and relive them. The focus is on the future – your wellness coach will use their training to get a detailed picture of who you are and what motivates you, and work with you to design the life of your choosing.
Who needs wellness life coaching?
Modern life places some heavy burdens on our shoulders. One of the main ones is work.
Our economy is weak, and there is no such thing as a job for life anymore, like our grandparents enjoyed. You won’t have a 9-5 job for your entire working life, and start your golden years with a gold watch gifted to you by your only employer.
With things so tough, you need to fight just to keep your chin above water. We’re encouraged by culture and society to work 11 hour days, and sacrifice everything else.
You probably don’t have time to cook or eat healthily. You probably don’t have time to make relationships or a family a priority. And you’re probably so tired after work that you watch TV until you fall asleep, and then get up and do the same thing the next day.
Modern life gives us a life without balance – too much work and not enough looking after yourself. High levels of stress and anxiety. Poor health and worse nutrition. Bad fitness levels, and disease like high blood pressure.
A wellness coach can help restore balance to your life. But this isn’t as simple as sacrificing your career – your wellness coach will be able to help you regain control of your working life. It’s not up to your boss to decide how much you work – it’s up to you to decide after you’ve prioritized it along with the other things you want to achieve, whether it’s a marriage, family, travel, or anything else.
Why become a wellness coach?
When it comes to job satisfaction, and leaving your job feeling energized, nourished and happy, there isn’t much which beats coaching. It’s a career where you won’t be keeping an eye on the ‘bottom line’ or protecting your company’s interests – the only thing you’kll be doing is helping your client however to can.
That’s it. If you help increase your client’s quality of life, you get paid. So that feeling you get when you do a good deed? You get to have that good feeling every single day.
And it’s not just the fact that you’re making a big difference in the lives of others – it’s that you’re making a bog difference in the loves of others and getting paid well for it.
Working for a company, salaries can be between $25,000 and $60,000 per annum.
As a self employed wellness life coach, you can bill $100 per hour, and increase this with experience. The only limit is what you think our time is worth.
After you’ve established yourself and built a reputation and client base, the majority of wellness life coaches choose to be self employed.
The impact this can have to your own wellbeing is priceless – to get out from underneath your corporate master and work only when it suits you.
How to become a wellness coach
There is no legal licensing procedure you need to undertake to become a wellness life coach – you just need to study and train for it via one of the wellness coach training courses or wellness coaching certification programs.
Because of how diverse the knowledge base is, you’d have a big leg up if you already have professional experience in one or more of the areas of health, fitness or nutrition. If this is the case, you’ll need to study less and you will probably already have an existing professional network to help you onto your feet.
Having a background in coaching will also help. It’s not as necessary though, since your wellness coach training course or wellness coaching certification program will teach you the ins and outs of wellness coaching.
The trick to coaching comes in practice though – after your training course you’ll need to train your ear to listen to the most important pieces of information, and develop your intuition to know which avenues to go down.
You’ll develop your own coaching style which you can use to effective lead your clients to their desired life, but if you’re a newbie to coaching, be prepared to charge much less while you practice.