A Health Coach? Why, Yes!
Did you know that 70% of illness is caused by health behaviors and lifestyle? Genetics is the cause of about 30% of disease. The rest – we can control.
“Not long ago a medical study showed that if heart doctors tell their seriously at-risk heart patients they will literally die if they do not make changes to their personal lives – diet, exercise, smoking – still only one in seven is actually able to make the changes.” – Immunity to Change, Robert Kegan
On one hand, we know what happens when we make unhealthy choices. And on the other, we want to live fully and enjoy all of our days.
So what is in the way of changing to healthier habits?
It turns out that it’s your brain. Your brain doesn’t generally like new habits. Your brain likes well-worn roads (“neural pathways”) instead of road’s less traveled. And until a new behavior becomes like that well-traveled road, your brain tries to keep you on the same path.
Same path, same behaviors = change is hard.
And so, even when we tell ourselves that “today is the day in which I won’t have that ______ [fill in the blank]”, we find ourselves sitting in front of the tv with that wine or _______ [fill in the blank] in our hand. Yes, our brain and our choices are on auto-pilot.
Some behaviors on auto-pilot keep you safe. Other auto-pilot behaviors, however, get in the way of making important and desired changes.
So how can coaching help?
Integrative health coaching uses a technique that is based on neuroscience and helps you actually retrain your brain. Following principles of positive psychology and behavioral change, your Integrative Health Coach can guide you in your discovery of your vision. By assessing readiness and confidence in your ability to change, developing meaningful and actionable steps and acknowledging success, your vision becomes attainable.
And your brain learns that there is a new, safe way to behave. New connections. A new more glorious road.