Life coaches are all the rage right now for a number of reasons. The strict constraints that used to be present in traditional careers and life paths have loosened. We get married and have children later and we move from job to job with more ease than ever before. And above all else, we’re looking to get the most out of life. Whatever the reason, life coaches are a tool that can help us reach our goals.
The Benefits of a Life Coach
The purpose of a life coach is to help you be your best self. Life coaches can help you find your career passion by thinking outside of the box into both traditional and less traditional career paths. They can help you find work/life balance when your career is overly demanding. Working the same 9 to 5 job for 30 years like our parents did is no longer realistic. Or maybe the changes you wish to make are less drastic. Life coaches can help you reach goals like weight loss or changing the bad habits that can keep you from reaching your full potential.
What Life Coaches are Not
According to virtual health and lifestyle coach Marion Roaman, if you have deeper psychological or mental health issues that you’re struggling with, you need to visit a mental health professional. When conversations start to head this direction, Roaman recommends her clients seek help from a psychiatrist or psychologist. Although she does have some clients who suffer from depression, they come to her in addition to seeing a mental health professional. If you have specific medical questions, you should talk to your doctor. Life coaches are not doctors.
Going Virtual with Your Life Coach
When Roaman started working with clients, she wished that she could help people outside of the New York area where she's based. At the very same time, Facebook Live came out and it seemed the perfect platform for virtual life coaching. Just a month later, Roman hosts a private community called the Marion Roaman Lifestyle Club with more than 250 members. Each day she hosts classes on all sorts of health topics ranging from jumping jack challenges to daily meditations. You can explore cooking classes, weight loss tips, and the list goes on. It helps you meet challenges within a supportive community.
Common Reasons People Want a Life Coach
According to Roaman, people connect with her to deal with a range of issues. Many people want to lose those last 10 to 15 pounds. Many women are struggling with menopause and need some extra help working through it, and still others are dealing with depression. Many clients are in middle age and dealing with low energy levels. Most clients, says Roaman, are looking to make small, yet significant shifts.
Roaman herself was driven to be a health and lifestyle coach as a result of her own health challenges. An incredibly fit athlete, she thought she was completely healthy until in her mid-thirties when she become ravaged by illness. Her joints were so swollen as a result of rheumatoid arthritis, she could hardly use her hands. She went to all sorts of doctors, but in the end, Roaman changed her diet and was able to heal herself. After removing all hidden sugars in foods like green juices and smoothies as well as caffeine and white flour, she noticed her symptoms went away. Today, she meets the health challenges of her clients by removing common health culprits like sugar, dairy, and processed carbohydrates.
What Are the Smallest Changes that Make the Biggest Difference?
Roaman says that it’s surprising how a few really simple changes can make a big difference. When it comes to looking and feeling your best, getting the most out of your day, and cultivating positive habits, these steps are the most impactful:
1. Start your day with water.
It fills you up, detoxes the digestive system, and reduces the signs of aging. This is especially helpful when caffeinated beverages like coffee serve to dehydrate you even worse.
2. Cut back on alcohol.
While you may have just a few glasses of wine each night, it’s important to realize that drinking disrupts your sleep. That’s part of the reason why you have trouble waking up in the morning and you’re exhausted by 2 pm.
3. Re-evaluate your relationships.
Too many relationships are draining. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stop being friends with someone. Rather, sometimes you just need to re-evaluate the dynamic of certain relationships and make sure you’re getting out of them what you’re putting in. This includes speaking up for what you want out of relationships at work and at home. We have more power than we realize.
This can mean something different for everyone. Maybe you establish a deep meditation practice, or maybe it means that you just experience a few minutes of solitude each day. We just need to be alone with ourselves.
5. Exercise outside.
Exercise is so important to happiness, but in addition to that, we all need to touch nature in one form or another. Again, this can be different for all of us. If you live in New York City, it can just mean that you run or walk through a park, and stop and take a look at the trees. Feeling the energy of nature can help us find a sense of calmness.
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