What Can You Expect from a Coaching Experience?
Rather than writing a few lines from my clients, I will share with my experience with health coaches. I never had a coach or a mentor in my life until 2013, so this was huge for me. I am an independent cuss, and have done OK in my life since I am very determined, and have the support of my family and especially my dear husband of over 30 years.
However, I had some bad habits that were keeping me from accomplishing my life time goals. I still have some bad habits. I will share three life changes I made in the last year.
- Regular Sleeping Hours
I have been a night owl my whole life, and as a result, sleep deprived. I would stay up late since I thought I needed this time to finish things. I felt I would sleep better if I just finished these one or two things since by the next day I might forget or I would simply have peace of mind finishing them even if it meant staying up to 2 or 3 a.m. at least once a week. I really believed this: this was my story.
My health coach suggested that I turn off the PC and cease all intellectual efforts by 11 a.m. I did this for a few nights at first; and over the next couple of months, it became a habit. I found that I didn’t do much work after dinner. I had always written my blogs at the wee hours. Over time, I found myself getting into bed by Midnight and up at 7:00 a.m. feeling pretty refreshed. Now it’s usually between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. when I slide under the covers and lights are out by 11:30 p.m. at the latest.
There is another great benefit to this new sleeping pattern. I go to bed and get up at around the same time as my husband for the first time since we got married. I usually make our coffee in the morning.
- Quality of Sleep
I have adopted some nightly rituals which lull me into a relaxing sleep. Some nights I take a hot bath using baking soda, Epsom salts and 10 drops of lavender essential oil, especially when I am feeling stressed out, have had a strenuous workout or am under the weather.
In bed, I like to write out a few things in my gratefulness journal and read a few pages in the Bible. Some nights I also write in my more memoire style journal. I say a few prayers and fall asleep quickly.
- Stress Reduction
Stress is my biggest struggle. I have been high strung my whole life. I am sure I would have been diagnosed ADHD in my childhood, but thankfully this was not the rage back then.
People suggested that I meditate for about 25 years, but I always thought it was for yogis and people who sit cross legged in that uncomfortable yoga pose. One of my coaches let me know about Oprah/Chopra 21 day guided meditation challenges. Since the topic was miraculous relationships, and I love people, I decided to try this. I was totally hooked and have listened to all their guided meditations ever since and have bought some of their CDs. It’s fascinating to me how just 15-20 minutes of inner stillness can bring mindfulness into my day. Oh, and I don’t sit in the yoga pose, and it hasn’t hampered by meditation one bit!
What’s really gratifying is how these individual changes build on each other.
- Now that I sleep regular hours and more of them, I have more energy, and I feel less stress in my every day life.
- Now that I meditate and take other steps to bring relaxation and mindfulness into my life, I have more energy and focus in my life, which makes me really happy.
The bottom line is that coaches will guide you to make the changes you know you want to make in your life. You just need to be ready and willing to make these positive changes in your life to receive the benefits you deserve.
Contact Ellen now to learn how I can help you with your personal health goals or your corporate wellness program.