Life and Recovery Coaches Vs. Traditional Doctors
Limited doctor-patient time
A scheduled visit with a physician seems to be set by a timer. The doctor may ask a few automatic questions, makes a swift diagnosis, and write a prescription (which may not also be necessary). Then to the next patient.
Does your doctor have time to chat with you about your health habits, nutrition, lifestyle, and activity level? Probably not. And, they don’t have the time to discuss any added emotional stress.
But not so surprisingly, these are meaningful discussions that may keep you well.
Health coaches act as mentors, motivating their clients to make healthier decisions in their diet and exercise routines, and assisting with stress reduction. All of which can lead to better health and fewer doctor visits.
In a hurried medical environment, promoting long-term healthy behavior change (a major undertaking) is nearly impossible, even for the most caring of practitioners.
For most individuals, learning to change health habits requires a significant change of mindset.
Lifestyle change is difficult to implement because it requires the individual to stop and make conscious, at the moment, decisions about many aspects of life that were once habitual.
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