Bring Your Health to Life
What is a Wellness Coach?
By: Melody Mayo, MS, NCC
As a wellness coach, I am asked this question almost daily. I usually
respond analogously by saying, “It’s a similar idea to why you would hire a
basketball coach to improve your basketball skills. If you want to improve your
wellness skills, you hire a wellness coach.” A basketball coach will provide you
with an objective perspective to help you make specific improvements to your
technique that could dramatically improve your game. The same goes for
wellness coaching. You may be unaware of areas in your life you could alter
slightly that would have dramatic impact on your lifestyle balance, which would
be one example of a way wellness coaching could help you.
The role of a wellness coach is multi-faceted. Your wellness coach will act
as a partner to collaborate with you on working towards your own unique and
optimal state of well-being. A wellness coach differs in approach from a personal
trainer or a nutritionist in that they will work with you from a non-prescriptive
standpoint, which means they will not tell you what direction is best for you to go
in. Rather, they will encourage and empower you to make the choices that are
most appropriate for you and your individual situation. Your wellness coach will
essentially work with you on how to incorporate healthy habits into your life
instead of what habits to create.
Through the supportive and self-empowering environment provided by a
wellness coach, you can learn what kinds of things you may personally
experience each time you undergo making changes in your life. Developing a
history of success over time creates positivity towards change and thus gives
you more incentive to continue making healthier decisions all on your own. By
mentally preparing yourself to handle change, you will set yourself up for many
As you gain clarity about your own personal health values, and align your
behaviors with these values, your sense of purpose will be heightened. By living
in congruence with your values, you are also allowing yourself the opportunity to
grow in your confidence and self-worth. The more you value your life and your
health, the better you will take care of yourself in mind, body and spirit.