Over the past few months I have been running group health coaching sessions to support people to prioritise their health, and take back control of their health and well-being with small tweaks to their lifestyle.
As we reflected on the benefits this week, I was delighted when one lady said she joined the course because ‘I wasn’t going to tell her what to do’. Having worked with many different clients I can really see that one very powerful aspect of coaching is that it is NOT a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I am happy to share my knowledge and inspiration during the sessions. However, the sessions that have the most impact are those when the clients really tune into their own intuition. In truth most people know what they need if they just give themselves the time to think about it. There is no quick fix and change is hard, which is why having a coach for support and guidance really helps. However it also takes time and patience, but if we can approach it with a curious mind we have so much to gain.
I described the course as an ‘energy and mood recharge’ to support people as we emerge slowly from this long lock-down. Creating long term health takes consistent action so this course is designed as a starting point. However, the course also demonstrated how much we can achieve in 6 weeks if we take small consistent action. A few of the members said their mood and energy had improved significantly from 3/10 to 8/10 over this short time.
Something else that is very close to my heart is the power of bringing people together, which is why I am passionate about group coaching. I feel so strongly that we can learn so much from each other. Groups provide such an valuable opportunity to do this, and very often it can be something that someone else has shares within the group that has the biggest impact. Groups are also so brilliant for providing social connection, support, and accountability. Another member of the group described the benefits she gained from seeing that ‘she wasn’t alone in the challenges she was facing.’
My biggest aim with the groups is to empower to create their own health, and to show them that it doesn’t have to be as difficult.
However, my other aim is very much to help people to be kinder to themselves. All too often getting healthier is associated with deprivation, guilt, and shame if we do not meet the often unrealistic expectations we set for ourselves.
I believe our mindset has such a profound influence on our health and well-being so I refer to it frequently throughout the course. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone deserves health, happiness and fulfilment, and that all that is possible. I love my role as a guide and cheerleader. However I believe my biggest role is to teach people to be their biggest cheerleader as it is only when people recognise this for themselves that real change can occur.
Ultimately if people make the time to prioritise their health and trust their intuition they are on the path to real health and well-being!
After all, as Michael Neill so brilliantly explains in his brilliant book ‘The Inside Out Revolution:
‘Connection, presence and well-being are part of our factory settings.’
If you would like to take some time to connect with others, reflect, reset to your factory settings, and turn your intuition into action, I would be delighted to support you, guide and cheer you on, and it would be a real privilege to do so! Please do get in touch, and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
In the meantime I would be delighted to invite you to join us at my next Virtual Healthy Supper Club on Tuesday 11th May, with the brilliant Jessica Mooney please click on the Supper club link to book your place! We would be delighted to see you there!!