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What is a Wellness Coach by Laura Crooks

Apr 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Wellness Coaching Guest Posts

This is a guest post by Laura Crooks, RN, MEd  of

handsraisedA wellness coach is your partner in creating solutions to the issues preventing you from feeling your best; they help you create your unique and optimal state of well-being. Your wellness coach will help you set goals and take action to move you from your present state to where you would like to be. They help you see and achieve the possibilities. Coaching is so effective because it blends accountability with action. Coaches look at how to make things happen, not why things didn’t work in the past.

Wellness is about the body, mind, and spirit thus reflecting the wide range of personal definitions of being well: exercising more consistently and effectively, losing weight, feeling stronger and more energetic, eating proper amounts of nutritious foods, practicing gratitude and appreciation, making time for you, experiencing a sense of connectedness and peace, feeling calm and balanced, being happy and energized. Clients gain a sense of clarity about their values and when they align their behaviors with their values they may find a stronger sense of purpose.

This proactive process allows for a clear understanding of what motivates them to make positive changes. Clients become able to tap into their motivation and experience more success with their goals than they have in the past. While recognizing and utilizing their strengths they build on each of their successes.

Coaching is the supportive framework within which clients tap into their motivation and achieve their goals. Coaching combines a lot of listening and support with inquiry, accountability, expertise, inspiration, guidance and setting clearly stated goals so that the client creates successful and meaningful change.

Wellness coaching changes the way you look at making changes and how you perceive obstacles. You learn to recognize your strengths and bolster your motivation to achieve success and your vision of wellness. This is why some people work with a coach for a relatively short period of time and then successfully maintain their changes. Others choose to continue the support and accountability to tackle new challenges and changes.

Short term or long term, wellness coaching helps you be successful in making positive changes affecting your body, mind, and spirit. You create solutions and take action. You become your best. You succeed.

Laura Crooks, RN, MEd is a certified wellness coach and speaker. She helps busy women create solutions to obstacles such as making time to exercise, losing weight, and balancing their personal-professional-family time. Please visit

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