Navigating the right place for health coaches in the equation
The pandemic has certainly given rise to many clinical challenges in the field of wellness. From the perspective of a holistic health coach, it can be difficult to separate topics to provide expert support and topics for referral to trained clinicians. After accumulating several months of community engagements, there are issues with group wellness that can certainly be mitigated through an integrative approach. Health coaches also contribute productively to aftercare to help clients feel comfortable in the healing process.
Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that one of the most successful prevention and recovery relationships is when health coaches and medical experts work together. This article will provide ways for health coaches to be more relevant in these times of pandemic while also recognizing it is an incredibly responsible step for determining when health coaches should contact doctors or hand the entire question over to them.
One way to determine what a health coach can master is to assess the patient for signs and symptoms. Similar to the stages of burnout, here are some key indicators that the condition is still within reach of solutions put in place by a health coach:
- Is the wellness challenge proactive or predictive? Are there counterproductive behaviors to try to avoid the potential deterministic situation?
- Is there strong evidence of a health challenge affecting a client’s ability to focus or appear?
- Has the wellness challenge become regular/chronic enough that it requires medical attention in addition to comprehensive care?
If support beyond steps 1 to 3 is needed, such as severe mental health issues and/or completely beyond the client’s life, it makes sense to refer to these stages of upward severity as well.
5 common topics related to wellness during the pandemic
You’ll want to run these categories through the three questions above to see the degree to which they appear in the client’s life and health. Depending on the degree of severity, you can choose your level of participation:
Pandemic stress and anxiety and depression
In “Implications of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Substance Use,” Nirmita Plancha et al. Report (2021) How “During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the United States reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, a proportion that has been largely consistent, up from 1 in 10 adults who reported such symptoms from January to June 2019 More specifically, a lot of anxiety and depression are associated with worrying about COVID-19 itself (regardless of whether or not someone has had it). Interviewing your client to get a better understanding of what they are particularly concerned about and how they experience it in their body and mind is a strong starting point. Moreover, there Natural ways to reduce anxiety In addition to strategically targeting and healing methods Concern about COVID-19.
High levels of isolation
Solitude in any normal day or period of life can feel debilitating. In fact, “Hockley points out the evidence Linking perceived social isolation to adverse health consequences including depression, poor sleep quality, impaired executive function, accelerated cognitive decline, impaired cardiovascular function, and impaired immunity at every stage of life” in “Perceived Social Isolation, Developmental Fitness, and Health Outcomes: A Lifelong Approach” (Hawkley, 2015). Next, This pervasive, difficult, and already life-threatening isolation has become our societal norm in large quantities with a responsibility to stay safe from COVID-19.The net effect is a type of compound isolation that may well be beyond the body and mind’s ability to integrate.
The human body has adapted and changed as much as possible to deal with the pandemic. The consequences of physical fitness include difficulty gaining or losing weight as well as feeling full and absorbing appropriate nutrients. The American Psychological Association has described in detail how “61% of adults in the United States have reported an unwanted change in weight since the pandemic beganAnd some pieces like “8 Ways for Our Personal Trainers to Design Healthy Post-Pandemic Weight Loss Programs.” Excerpted from How Stress depletes essential nutrientsAnd what you can do about it,” here is a list of nutrients that are depleted by stress that can affect fitness results:
- B complex vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc
A special note to mothers and other disproportionately affected populations
According to NPR and countless other sources, “Increasing household responsibilities have forced many working mothers—particularly black and Latino mothers—to cut back their hours or leave the workforce entirely during the pandemic, further widening economic and racial disparities.” This finding really sums up the bigger picture that the wellness of not only mothers but also certain cultural and socioeconomic groups is more challenged by the pandemic. As definitions, signs and symptoms Wellness and its practices can vary by gender and culturesIt is a more important time than ever for holistic health coaches to educate themselves about the demographic diversity and spectrum that represents health itself.
Putting health guidance in “epidemiological practices”
As noted before, the importance of evaluating customer needs and comparing them with your level of engagement is critical to success. A simple admissions interview may be enough to get this done or using any of the AFPA resources below can help health coaches as they navigate this stage:
- 6 email templates to encourage and check in with your customers
- 11 apps to improve communication with customers
- Customer Interview Models and Techniques Learned in Comprehensive Nutrition Course
Perhaps through the communication above, a holistic health coach identifies anxiety and depression caused by pandemic stress and wants to know whether or not it should be addressed from a holistic viewpoint. The answer to the guiding questions might look like this:
- The client is showing some signs of stress, such as a lack of boundaries at work, which prevents exercise and pre-planned food choices from taking priority.
- The client also reports more anxiety and depression than before, with some effect on his sleep pattern. Specifically, the client continues to wake up early “for no reason” and cannot go back to sleep despite feeling tired.
- No chronic evidence shown. The customer reports their experience as occurring once or twice per month.
In the sample above, there is no doubt that a health coach can make a significant impact and likely not yet have to make a clinical referral (although decisions about this will depend on each individual case). A holistic health coach can help his client here sleep better And eat better as a start.
Alternatively, if anxiety and depression are very close to or have already reached feelings of hopelessness, chronic sleep disturbances, apathy, agitation, hopelessness, unexplained physical problems and even suicidal ideation, a health coach will provide additional medical help or provide referrals. Clarifying the difference between intensity levels within the chart of questions that revolve around the wellness challenges that appear particularly alongside the pandemic would be hugely helpful.
Health coaches play an essential role in a client’s wellness, and taking into account the specific wellness challenges during a pandemic, they can be a huge support system. There is also a level of differentiation to be detailed in this article. In addition to describing Module 1 of the Comprehensive Health Coaches course which states “Explore the many facets of personal health and self-responsibility, focusing on core principles of physical, mental, and spiritual health. You will learn the tools you need to make informed health decisions that promote lifelong wellness for you, your family and your clients. Encourage The lessons are personal responsibility for health-related behaviors and show how to improve overall health through nutrition, fitness, stress management and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle,” another way to describe the role of a health coach is listed on our website for greater clarity as follows:
- Train and educate clients on how to achieve and maintain healthy habits as part of their daily routine that includes healthy eating, exercise, managing triggers, eliminating stress, maintaining healthy relationships and more.
- Empower your clients to achieve optimal and lasting health by addressing any imbalances caused by improper nutrition, stressful lifestyle, poor sleep quality, lack of exercise, and more.
- Educate clients on how to identify and change any sources of ill health.
- Develop strategies to define healthy environments and start a support program to help clients reach their personal wellness goals.
- Know when it is necessary to refer clients to primary care physicians for treatment and/or diagnosis and learn how to communicate this to your client.
With the right alignment of goals, skills, and outcomes, health coaches contribute to areas of healing that no one else can, including this pandemic era.