Before you read this latest blog post, please start by reading our most recent blog written by NSHC Co-Founder Melinda Huffman, BSN, MSN, CCNS, CHC here: As a Health Coach, What Should My Average Caseload Be?
We will be focusing on the seven key factors discussed in that blog, with little diversions here and there, for this summer blog series!
Today, let’s dig deeper into the fifth and sixth factors, specifically certain wellness and prevention topics. When we talk about who needs health coaching and how many health coaches are needed, the key is to understanding what scenarios are especially effective with health coaching. Today we will specifically give some pointers about stress management and health coaching.
What are some clinical best practices for helping client’s manage stress?
- Get moving! – Any physical activity is better than none!
- Eat right! – Be mindful of portions and the types of foods you eat!
- Get some sleep! – Each client needs to identify his/her “best” sleep requirement amount
- Reframe stressful thoughts! – Be positive! The more you are positive the more it will come naturally!
- Laugh out loud! – Laughing releases helpful endorphins that can boost your mood and your immune system!
- Write about it! – Writing thoughts/feelings about what is causing stress, it can actually help those thoughts/feelings!
- Enlist problem solving skills! – List the reasons for leaving the stress as is, then list the reasons to remove the stressors. Then, ask open-ended questions to further understand the stressors and what can be done.
- Enlist behavioral health support! – If your client needs further help, don’t hesitate to use other resources!