Hello dear friends!
I have a dream. A dream that someday our society will have a new way of approaching health and wellbeing for everyone. I know that right now, our medical system is incredibly broken, and we go about everything in a pretty backwards way. We rely on physicians who only have 8 minutes to spend with their patients, and drugs that are overprescribed and come with a host of side effects. We don’t examine the true origin of illness and pain, but instead we shuttle people through the system, tackling one symptom at a time in a futile attempt to separate the body, mind, and spirit into distinct and independent parts.
Our healthcare structure isn’t set up to support people or help them find their authentic path towards optimal vitality, and we don’t give enough credit to the “alternative” practitioners, therapists, healers, and coaches who can make a world of difference when given the chance. And so, my dream is this: to live in a world where everyone has a team of healing support, where physicians work in tandem with herbalists, naturopaths, health coaches, and energy workers, to encourage their patient’s holistic wellbeing. I don’t know about you, but for me, I would love to have a group of people I knew had my best interests at heart, and who I could count on to help me gain knowledge and develop good habits, so I could feel my best!
But…can we make this fantasy into a reality?
We’re in the midst of a wellness revolution right now, as more and more people are looking outside of the conventional medical paradigm, and finding diverse pathways to health. More people are choosing natural and alternative practitioners, and more people are seeing the value in hiring a health coach, to act as their personal guide and cheerleader, as they make changes to support their wellbeing. One of the main reasons that I decided to become a health coach, besides wanting to share the information I’ve gained through years of my own trial and error, is that I knew that our current system wasn’t working, and that I wanted to be a part of the movement to change it. Bleeding heart, what can I say?
The truth is, too many people fall through the cracks between the doctor’s office and their home life. Most of us have a general idea of what we should be doing to feel better, lose weight, sleep more soundly, and such things, but we find that our motivation falls flat after a week or two, or we come up against plateaus and other challenges that we can’t see our way around. And that’s okay- we can’t be expected to do it all, or be perfect all the time! So, this is where the value of a health coach really shines. Your coach should be someone you can come to on a regular basis, to help you identify your goals and your roadblocks, and keep you accountable to the changes you want to make. A coach is the ideal companion to any other health practitioner, because they are simply there to assist you in implementing positive tools and staying on track to reach your personal goals.
While the conventional healthcare system does have its benefits, no matter how you slice it, it’s simply not enough for most of us, especially those with chronic and mysterious illness. There’s a reason why they call it “sickcare” instead of “healthcare,” because it encourages a pattern of seeking help only when you are ill, instead of seeking support in optimizing your vitality, or preventing illness in the first place. It may sound like a revolutionary thing to say, but I truly believe that we are 100% in charge of our health and healing process. We cannot rely on one doctor to work alone, especially when they’re up against a medical record that’s 3 inches thick! We have to take matters into our own hands, and hire a team of people that we trust to guide us towards our personal vision of what it means to be truly healthy.
As a health coach, this is my greatest honor, and joy- to provide this kind of personalized support. I believe, deep down, each of us has what it takes to heal our bodies, minds, and spirits…we just need some help in accessing that inherent wisdom sometimes! Since I have the freedom to operate out of the narrow, time-crunched, separatist view of the medical system, I am able to take my time to truly understand my clients, validate their experiences, and create a tailor-made plan to guide them towards more positive habits and more empowered decision-making. This is not something a typical physician can offer, nor a massage therapist, nor a surgeon, nor an acupuncturist, nor an herbalist…you get the point.
A health coach can be a vital part of deep healing and sustainable recovery, whether you are struggling with a complex illness like Lyme disease, or you have grappled with weight and body image issues, or you simply want to find ways to sleep better and feel less stressed!
If you want to be a part of the revolution, now is the time. If you want to be a part of the shift towards a mindset that honors the whole, rather than the parts, the choice is yours. And when you’re ready to have a trusted friend to support you in manifesting the healthy, vibrant life that you desire, I’m here.
Will you say a hearty “yes” to your healing adventure?
Whether that’s today, or tomorrow, friends…
~ Hoping you feel as well as possible ~