Challenging and Encouraging Clients in Counseling

To help transform a person to change, attending, listening and responding are key, but the skilled counselor needs to be able to help instigate change or water the seeds of the healing process within a client.  Whether loss and grief, or merely more daily stressors or emotional issues that are holding the client back from living life productively, the counselor needs to know how to coach the client and help the client find that preferred outcome.  This involves not only identifying the goals and actively pushing towards them but also motivating and challenging them.  Like a coach who is able to abstract the best out of their players on the field, a counselor needs to be able to encourage and challenge his/her clients to produce meaningful change.  Some clients respond better, others may be still facing inner turmoil and self esteem issues.  Some clients may be more resilient naturally, while others may need more prodding and gentle and empathetic guidance.  Each client is unique and different but the general ideas within this short blog complement the previous blogs on attending the client and responding to the client.

Challenging and encouraging a client to change is much like a coach trying to get the best of a player on the field


Some clients may have zero motivation to be challenged.  They may possess some world view or bias that prevents this change.  Some may be forced to attend counseling and feel no need to change.  This can occur with state mandated counseling or clients forced to attend because of family or spouses.  Some clients may feel motivated simply because of guilt and look to foster a positive change.  Some may simply have an interest in the counseling process and wish to see what happens.  In the best case, one will find a client who understands the critical importance of counseling and the changes that need made.  Regardless of the clients motivation level, it is the purpose of the counselor to help bring the best out of the client. This can be easier said then done.




The Counselor as Coach?

Life coaching in itself is a newer field within the Human Service Field.  It is not clinical or requiring of various licensing but it does promote the idea of healthy change and life styles.  It involves a professional who is trained to motivate, direct and help clients meet end goals.  This involves both encouraging and challenging the client.  Whether it is a weight goal, training goal, dieting goal, or health and life style change, life coaches are inherently trained to help produce change through motivation, encouragement and challenging of their clients.  Counselors, whether pastoral or clinical, working in grief counseling or other mental counseling disciplines, through empathetic listening and responding, should have a vested interest in helping their clients meet change, but some may lack the skills to help motivate the client to change.  As counselors, the client is directed and given options, but is never commanded or forced to change, instead, the client is invited to change through an array of options.  Many times, clients need motivated and encouraged and even challenged to push forward through these options. Many times they may fall and need help getting up.  Again, like a coach in sports, it is the counselor’s profession to not only direct, but also to help the client emotionally and mentally push towards that direction.

Challenging for New Behaviors

According to Egan, it is important to challenge clients to change.  He states,

“Help clients, challenge themselves to change ways of thinking, expressing emotions, and acting them mired in problem situations and prevent them from identifying and developing opportunities…become partners with your clients in helping them challenge themselves to find opportunities in their problems, to discover unused strengths and resources, both internal and external, and to commit themselves to the actions needed to make opportunity development happen (2019, p. 190).

In challenging, Egan emphasizes the importance of the counselor and client relationship which is based on trust and partnership.  A counselor, in the eyes of the client, needs to earn the right to challenge.  Once this is established, the counselor needs to ensure that challenges are presented tentatively but not apologetically, with a balance between not being too harsh but not also too passive.  In addition, counselors need to ensure the challenges are clear and specific.  Challenges also should not make demands or be forceful in nature but provide a structural system of choices.  As the term challenge indicates, it is never easy, so help clients utilize unused strengths to help meet the challenges and the ability to build on successful challenges to meet new ones (2019, p. 220-225).  As Egan points out, the counselor should be a “catalyst for a better future (2019, p. 190)”.

Many times, a counselor has to identify what is preventing the person from being able to face a challenge in life

In challenging clients, many times, they have many inherent issues that are already hampering them with the problem and maybe life in general.  To help clients become more resilient and able to create new behaviors, counselors sometimes need to identify blocks and issues within the client.  Egan lists a variety of target areas that negatively affect a client’s ability to respond to challenges and delay productive and healthy change.  Through attending, listening and responding, a counselor is able to identify certain issues that may restrict the ability of a client to respond effectively to challenges.

The first issue Egan lists are what he refers to as self defeating mindsets that include “assumptions, attitudes, beliefs, values, bias, convictions, inclinations, norms, points of view, perceptions of self and the world, preconceptions and prejudices (2019, p. 190-191)”.   Albert Ellis looked at facing irrational beliefs head on with interventions that would challenge irrational mindsets.  According to Ellis, many individuals have flawed misconceptions on life.  Egan lists a few of these ideals.

  • I must only be liked and loved in life
  • I must always be in control in life
  • I must always have my things done my way or no way
  • I should never have any problems
  • I am a victim and not responsible for any of my issues
  • I will avoid things that are difficult
  • I believe my past dictates what I do in the future
  • I do not need happiness in anything or anyone else

(Egan, 2019, p.191)

Ellis considered these mindsets as impediments to change because when something did happen that was bad, the person would tend to “catastrophize” it and become unable to adjust to the problem or even be remotely open to challenges to face it.  In addition to these mindsets, Egan points out that some individuals embrace in four fallacies that hamper change, as according to Sternberg.  Among those listed by Sternberg were egocentrism and taking into account only one’s own interests, omniscience and thinking one knows everything about the issue, omnipotence and feeling one can do whatever one desires and invulnerability and one will never face true consequences (2019, p.192).  Obviously these four fallacies are undesirable characteristics and whether naive or part of a greater personality disorder, they are issues that can prevent true change in the client.

In addition to mindsets, some individuals may have self defeating emotions and feelings that prevent them from achieving goals.  They may possess low self esteem or poor self image.  They may have fears that prevent them doing greater things.  Others may possess various dysfunctional behaviors that are external in nature.  In essence, the person cannot get out of their own way in life.  Their behavior, unknown to them sometimes, continues to create the issues they are trying to escape. Others may possess discrepancies in what they feel and think in regards to what they say and do and how they view themselves versus how they are truly viewed by others. Other times, individuals can be hampered in making true change or answering challenges because of unused strengths or resources (Egan, 2019, p. 194-197).

Other “Blind Spots” within the client preventing and hampering change can include various levels of unawareness.  This can include being blind to one’s own talents and strengths seen by others but not perceived by the self.   Some individuals may be unaware due to self deception itself, or choosing ignorance.  Some individuals will avoid issues and problems because they simply would rather not know because the truth may be too terrifying.  In helping clients challenge themselves to new behaviors, counselors can open clients to new areas of awareness with simple self questions.

  • What problem am I avoiding?
  • What opportunities am I ignoring?
  • What am I overlooking?
  • What do I refuse to see?
  • How am I being dishonest with myself?

(Egan, 2019, p. 204)

As the counselor, but also a coach, it is important to help clients identify these issues and understand why they are unable to move forward.

Helping Clients Identify These Issues and Healthy Challenging

Carl Rogers promoted a empathetic approach. In helping others face hard realities, a fact based empathetic approach is key.  Showing patience and empathy and carefully presenting the issue with assertiveness but compassion is key in helping the client awaken to certain issues.  Of course, timing, tone, and words all play a key role in helping the client become acceptive.  The counselor cannot come across as afraid to address issues but not confrontational.  Sometimes, certain words, may offset a client or labels, and the counselor will need to navigate why and how to discuss the issue.  Also within this process, the counselor cannot simply give a set of directions but present options.  Finally, again, the counselor needs to present the new awareness and challenge to the client without judgment but in a way that creates self awareness and pushes forward change.

Counselors help motivate clients to change through empathy and supplying the client with appropriate level challenges and options to meet

When discovering hindering blind spots and issues, the counselor needs to become a detective in some respects before he/she can truly become a coach.  What is the client truly trying to say, or hinting at, or half saying (Egan, 2019, p.206)?  Counselors need to help clients understand their implicit thoughts and words and make them become more explicit.  In doing so, counselors can help clients understand themes in their stories, make connections with what may be missing and share educated hunches in feedback (Egan, 2019, p. 207-210).  Counselors can through their hunches, help clients see the bigger picture, dig deeper in the story, draw conclusions, open up more, see overlooked aspects, or even own their own story (Egan, 2019, p. 210-211).



Of course how these opinions and disclosures are presented to the client are critical.  They are part of the art of counseling and also the product of good coaching. A good coach is able to present a deficiency in a player’s form or approach and help turn into change and better performance.  This however involves not tearing down the player, but building the player up and giving the player the tools necessary to improve.  As an teacher and encourager, a coach is able to transform the problem and help the player have success on the field.  Likewise, an counselor needs to be able to coach his/her client through approaching a weakness and being able to challenge the person to overcome it and make it a strength in the field of life.  Strength Based Therapies as proposed by Pattoni, (2012) help clients label their strengths and identify them and utilize them in variety of goal setting environments. The process looks to expand hope but also create autonomy in facing issues.

When providing factful information and options to a client, a counselor needs to remain empathetic and tactful in delivering the news.  Some news can be shocking to a client and the client may need time or understanding in the process (Egan, 2019, p. 213).  Hence Egan recommends sometimes sharing one’s disclosures and challenges, but he recommends it to be used with caution.  He recommends being sure to use it sparingly, appropriately and culturally aware.  Timing can be key.  One does not wish to have one’s own disclosure to become a distraction (2019, p.215).

As a counselor and coach, how one gives suggestions and recommendations for better improvements are critical.  Inspired first with empathy and secondly aware of internal issues of the client, a counselor needs to approach and challenge the client without confronting but at the same time presenting clear and factual options to promote change.  These challenges are not easy, so like a good coach, a counselor needs to find ways to provide encouragement during the change process.  Counselors should invite clients to challenge themselves and help them identify specific challenges that will make the best changes.  Like a sports coach, while identifying any issue, the counselor needs to encourage and identify strengths to overcome a particular challenge.  Furthermore, the challenge needs to be evaluated as not to be too intense to be self-demeaning to the client.  Sometimes, success is built upon.  So when identifying challenges, the counselor needs to present them in a fashion that leads to success (Egan, 2019, p. 220).

As a counselor-coach, a counselor identifies changes that are essential and helps the client identify change.  Some clients are more resistant to change.  In another blog, we discuss the Client Change Scale which lists the levels of difficulty for a client to accept change or implement it based on their stage.  It is the counselor’s job to help the client see the necessity of change and help the client find it through encouragement and help.  Some changes will be first order, or deal with the current situation, or others may be second order and more long term or permanent.  This depends on the nature of the issue and the needs of the client.  The counselor like a coach, helps the client implement goals, strategies and plans to implement the change.   The counselor helps the client see his/her possible self, delve into creativity,  and think differently (Egan, 2019, p. 315-318).  In essence, the counselor helps the client see a better future, set goals to attain it and help them put it into action (Egan, 2019, p. 314).



Counselors are like coaches.  They need to challenge their clients by identifying weaknesses and help clients overcome them with appropriate challenges.  This involves active attending and responding to the client and understanding the inner challenges the client faces.  The counselor then is able to better become a catalyst of change in the clients life with setting appropriate challenges to make the client a better person in the field of life.

Please also review AIHCP’s multiple counseling certifications in Grief Counseling, Christian Counseling, Life Coaching, Anger Management, Stress Management and Crisis Intervention Counseling

Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification, as well as its Christian Counseling Certification.  Other mental health certifications for both pastoral and clinical counselors, or those engaged in the Human Service Fields, include Stress Management, Life Coaching, Anger Management, and Crisis Intervention. The programs are online and self study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in any of these fields.









Egan, G. & Reese. R. (2019).”The Skilled Helper: A Problem Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping” (11th Ed). Cengage

Additional Resources

Sutton, J. (2022). “Motivation in Counseling: 9 Steps to Engage Your Clients”. Positive Psychology.  Access here

Sutton, J. (2022). “How to Perform Strengths-Based Therapy and Counseling”. Positive Psychology. Access here

“The Skill of Challenge in Counselling”(2019). Counseling Tutor. Access here

Voitilainen, L. et, al. (2018). “Empathy, Challenge, and Psychophysiological Activation in Therapist–Client Interaction”. Front Psychol. 2018; 9: 530. National Library of Medicine. Access here


Evaluating the Sustainability of Diet Trends: A Deep Dive into Ketogenic Practices

an array of keto friendly foodsWritten by Veronica Turner

In the wonderful world of health and happiness, eating patterns come and go just like the changing of seasons. From low-fat to low-carb, plant-based to paleo, the options seem endless, and each promises a journey to better well-being and zest for life.

One such trend that has captured the imagination of many is the ketogenic way of eating. But among all the exciting results of weight management success stories and mental boosts, it’s important to take a moment and consider the bigger picture impacts of our food choices.

What effect do diet fads like keto have on our planet’s well-being? In this guide, we’ll dive deep into the sustainability of keto habits, looking at how they interact with environmental protection and holistic health approaches supported by medical professionals.


Understanding the Ketogenic Diet: Beyond Bacon and Butter

The ketogenic diet has taken the nutrition world by storm with its focus on healthy fats and low-carb living. By emphasizing satisfying foods like avocados, nuts, and meat over sugary snacks and starches, this lifestyle helps slimmers say sayonara to belly fat.

The science behind it is simple – by trimming carbs down to a minimum, your body enters a natural fat-burning state called ketosis. Then, instead of crashing from blood sugar spikes and falls, you smoothly fuel up on the keto-friendly foods your genes were designed for.

While debates still swirl around long-term impact, one thing is clear – this approach makes sticking to a healthy routine effortless when you’re feeling full and fabulous every day.


The Environmental Impact of Ketogenic Practices: Beyond the Plate

When assessing how the ketogenic way of eating lifts up our planet, it’s important to look beyond personal wellness gains and consider how our choices impact the world around us.

This dietary trend has the potential to positively shape environments, communities, and global systems in some surprising ways if we make informed decisions and carry the principles of caring for our bodies into caring for our shared home. Excited yet? Let’s explore the possibilities!


  1. Organic Farming Practices: Cultivating Sustainability from the Ground

Organic farming is key to creating the amazing ingredients for all the best keto meal kits and recipes out there! Instead of depending on a lot of artificial pesticides and fertilizers like traditional farming, organic methods prioritize keeping soil and nature healthy.

Biodiversity and natural pest control are the name of the game. By choosing organic agriculture, keto folks help support soil sustainability and reduce pollution runoff that can hurt the earth. Choosing organic is a win-win for both your body and Mother Nature!


  1. Reducing Carbon Footprint Through Minimal Packaging: Thinking Outside the Box

While convenient packaging has its perks, we must consider our impact on the planet. These days, it seems everything comes pre-wrapped and ready to go. But all that plastic and packaging adds up fast!

The good news is that more and more keto brands are minimizing waste. They use eco-friendly materials that break down naturally. Or they go with packaging you can recycle curbside.

Take meal kit delivery services like Greenchef, for example. It delivers healthy keto meals wrapped in sustainable packaging. Plus, using a meal delivery service instead of going shopping significantly reduces your carbon footprint.

Opting for these greener options is a tasty way to feel good. You’re supporting companies who care about our shared home. And you’re doing your part to send less to the landfill. Small changes collectively make a difference.


  1. Responsible Sourcing of Proteins: Casting a Net for Sustainability

Protein plays an important role in many ketogenic diets, as followers commonly eat meat, poultry, and fish. However, the environmental impact of these protein sources differs greatly depending on how they are raised or caught.

By selecting proteins from sustainable sources, like wild-caught fish, people can reduce the effects of their food decisions on the planet and support the humane treatment of animals.

Environmental-conscious organizations, like Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, offer helpful tools and tips for choosing seafood that won’t harm marine life, giving consumers knowledge to decide on healthy protein options for both humans and the environment.


  1. Minimizing Food Waste: From Farm to Fork

We all know that a ketogenic diet focuses on feeling our best through wholesome, unprocessed nutrients. But did you know that what we don’t eat can make just as big an impact?

Global food waste accounts for around 8% of greenhouse gasses each year. As keto kings and queens, cutting down on leftovers is our chance to feel good inside and out.

Meal prep is the key – planning healthy keto meals and only cooking what you’ll truly enjoy means less ends up forgotten in the back of the fridge.

Portion control is also our secret weapon, dishing perfect plates to satisfy without stuffing. And get creative with leftovers! Scramble eggs with yesterday’s steak or blend smoothies from last night’s salad – your trash will be someone else’s treat.

Once we’ve made the most of our meals, composting organic scraps does wonders. Those peelings and bones give back to Mother Nature, building rich soil and growing more nutritious plants. So by loving our bodies with low-carb eats and loving the earth in return, we nourish ourselves while nurturing our planet, too.


  1. Supporting Local Food Systems: Nurturing Community Resilience

There are so many positive ways we can promote sustainability within our ketogenic lifestyles! Connecting with local food systems is a fun and impactful choice.

When purchasing fresh foods directly from nearby farms and producers, we reduce carbon emissions from long-distance shipping while strengthening our community ties. Farmers’ markets offer a great shopping experience surrounded by ingredients perfect for keto recipes.

Community farms welcome volunteers to experience farm life firsthand. And farm-to-table restaurants pride themselves on sourcing from sustainable growers right in their backyard.


  1. Embracing Plant-Based Alternatives: Cultivating a Greener Plate

More and more people are discovering the benefits of a plant-powered ketogenic diet. Options like avocado, coconut, and olive oil deliver all the healthy fats your body needs to feel its best. No animals are harmed, and it is way better for the environment, too!

Can’t forget about protein – tofu, tempeh, and beans are awesome alternatives that support sustainability. Your health and the health of the planet both win with a keto approach featuring fabulous plant foods. Feel good knowing you’re nourishing yourself and nurturing the earth.


Conclusion: Striking a Balance for Health and Planet

The ketogenic diet is all about feeling your best through nourishing meals while saving the planet. As a growing movement, keto has the power to promote wellness from the individual to the global level. By choosing organic and locally sourced ingredients, reducing food waste, and even finding plant-based keto swaps, we can feel good while doing good for the planet.

Whether it’s shopping at farmers’ markets to support small growers, bulk meal prepping to eliminate excess packaging, or flexitarians exploring veggie-focused keto recipes, every decision moves us closer to healthier people and a healthier planet.

This journey is all about constant improvement – taking even small steps to align our nutrition with sustainability. Each meal is an opportunity to fuel our bodies and drive positive change. Together, through mindful choices, we can thrive on keto in a way that allows the earth and future generations to thrive, too.


Author Bio: Veronica Turner is a health and lifestyle writer with over 10 years of experience. She creates compelling content on nutrition, fitness, mental health, and overall wellness.


Please also review AIHCP’s Health Care Certification programs and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  These programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification.

Healthcare Life Coaching Advice for 2024 Wellness!

A figure at a fork in the road. One road is junk food and the other is healthy options.
Healthcare Life Coaching is all about making the best choice!

By – James M. Katz, BA

In today’s fast-paced world, maintaining optimal health and well-being can often feel like an uphill battle. Between work, family, and personal obligations, it’s easy to neglect our own health and put our well-being on the backburner. However, there is a solution that can help transform your approach to health and wellness: healthcare life coaching.

Life coaching is a powerful tool that can guide you on your journey to optimal health. It combines the principles of traditional life coaching with a deep understanding of the healthcare system and the unique challenges individuals face when it comes to their well-being. By working with a healthcare life coach, you can gain the knowledge, support, and motivation you need to take charge of your health and transform your life.

Healthcare Coaching advice can come from a number of sources. As seen in the quoted article below, it details small yet meaningful resolutions you can follow to improve your health and well-being into the new year! They article shows these resolutions don’t have to be monstrous or life altering to help improve your health and wellness.  The author suggests simple changes like a new health routine or simply expressing gratitude. For the full article please click the link below.

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is hard. Too often, we set resolutions to make sweeping, multistep changes that are well-intentioned but unrealistic.

One year, I resolved to prep our family meals for the week every Sunday. I bought containers to store each meal, created a menu and grocery list, went shopping, and then came home with all the food, only to realize I was completely unmotivated to give up my Sunday afternoon cooking a week’s worth of meals at once. Instead, I decided to make each meal as needed, as I always did.

4 simple daily health resolutions that matter more than you think. By Dana Santas, CNN. Published 5:00 AM EST, Sun December 31, 2023

Full Article Here


Understanding the role of a healthcare life coach

A healthcare life coach is a trained professional who specializes in helping individuals achieve their health and wellness goals. Unlike traditional healthcare providers, who focus primarily on diagnosing and treating medical conditions, healthcare life coaches take a holistic approach to well-being. They work with clients on a one-on-one basis, addressing not only physical health but also the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of well-being.

One of the key roles of a healthcare life coach is to act as a guide and mentor. They help clients navigate the often complex healthcare system, providing them with the information they need to make informed decisions about their health. They also support clients in setting realistic goals and developing a personalized plan of action to achieve those goals. Whether it’s losing weight, managing stress, or improving overall fitness, a healthcare life coach can provide the guidance and accountability needed to succeed.

Benefits of healthcare life coaching

The benefits of life coaching are numerous and far-reaching. One of the primary benefits is the ability to gain a deeper understanding of your own health and well-being. Through working with a healthcare life coach, you can gain insights into your habits, behaviors, and beliefs that may be impacting your health. This self-awareness can be a powerful catalyst for change, leading to improved overall well-being.

Another key benefit of healthcare life coaching is the personalized support and accountability it provides. Unlike other wellness programs or self-help approaches, healthcare life coaching is tailored to the individual. Your coach will work with you to develop a customized plan that takes into account your unique needs, preferences, and circumstances. They will also provide ongoing support and encouragement, helping you stay motivated and on track towards your goals.A lady standing in her kitchen choosing a vegetable.

How healthcare life coaching can transform your well-being

Healthcare life coaching has the potential to transform your well-being in profound ways. By addressing all aspects of health – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual – you can experience a holistic transformation that positively impacts every area of your life.

One of the ways healthcare life coaching can transform your well-being is by helping you make sustainable lifestyle changes. Many people struggle with making lasting changes to their health habits because they approach it from a place of deprivation or punishment. Healthcare life coaching takes a different approach, focusing on empowering you to make choices that align with your values and priorities. This shift in mindset can lead to long-term, sustainable change that improves your overall well-being.

Another way healthcare life coaching can transform your well-being is by helping you develop a positive relationship with yourself and your body. In a society that often places unrealistic expectations on appearance and promotes negative body image, it can be challenging to cultivate self-acceptance and self-love. A healthcare life coach can help you challenge limiting beliefs, develop a positive body image, and cultivate self-compassion. This newfound self-acceptance and self-love can have a profound impact on your overall well-being.

The importance of setting goals in healthcare coaching

Setting goals is an integral part of the healthcare life coaching process. Goals provide a clear direction and focus, giving you something to work towards. They also serve as a benchmark for progress, allowing you to track your success and celebrate your achievements along the way.

When setting goals in healthcare life coaching, it’s important to be specific and measurable. Vague goals, such as “get healthy” or “lose weight,” are difficult to track and can lead to frustration and lack of motivation. Instead, set goals that are specific and measurable, such as “exercise for 30 minutes, three times a week” or “reduce sugar intake to less than 25 grams per day.” This level of specificity allows you to track your progress and make adjustments as needed.

In addition to being specific and measurable, goals in healthcare life coaching should also be realistic and achievable. Setting unrealistic goals can set you up for failure and undermine your confidence. Instead, set goals that are challenging yet attainable, considering your current circumstances and resources. Your healthcare life coach can help you set goals that are both realistic and aligned with your long-term vision for optimal health.

Techniques and strategies used in wellness coaching

Healthcare coaching encompasses a wide range of techniques and strategies designed to support your well-being journey. These techniques are tailored to your individual needs and goals, ensuring that you receive the support and guidance you need to succeed.

One commonly used technique in healthcare life coaching is motivational interviewing. This approach involves asking open-ended questions and actively listening to your responses. Through this process, your healthcare life coach can help you explore your motivations, values, and priorities, and identify any barriers or challenges that may be preventing you from achieving your goals. Motivational interviewing can be a powerful tool for increasing self-awareness and generating intrinsic motivation for change.

Another technique used in healthcare life coaching is goal-setting. As mentioned earlier, setting goals is an essential part of the coaching process. Your healthcare life coach will work with you to set SMART goals – goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. They will also help you break down your goals into smaller, more manageable steps, making it easier to stay on track and measure your progress.

Finding the right healthcare life coach for you

Finding the right healthcare coach is crucial to the success of your well-being journey. A good fit between you and your coach is essential for building trust, establishing rapport, and creating a supportive and empowering coaching relationship.

When searching for a life coach, it’s important to consider their qualifications and experience. Look for a coach who has completed a recognized coaching program and has experience working with clients in a healthcare setting. It’s also a good idea to ask for references or testimonials from previous clients to get a sense of their coaching style and approach.

In addition to qualifications and experience, it’s important to find a coach who you feel comfortable with and can trust. Schedule an initial consultation or discovery session to get to know the coach and determine if you have a good rapport. Trust your intuition and choose a coach who you feel understands your needs and can support you in achieving your goals.

Integrating healthcare coaching into your overall wellness routine

Healthcare Life Coaching advice: a lady holding a small salad in a bowl.
Health and Wellness is simple when you have the right life coach!

Integrating life coaching into your overall wellness routine is a powerful way to enhance your journey towards optimal health. While healthcare life coaching can be transformative on its own, it is most effective when combined with other wellness practices and resources.

One way to integrate healthcare coaching into your overall wellness routine is to combine it with regular exercise. Physical activity has numerous benefits for both physical and mental well-being, and when combined with coaching, it can amplify the impact. Your healthcare life coach can help you develop an exercise plan that aligns with your goals and provides the support and accountability you need to stay motivated.

Another way to integrate healthcare life coaching into your wellness routine is to incorporate it into your self-care practices. Self-care is essential for maintaining optimal health and well-being, and coaching can provide the guidance and motivation you need to prioritize self-care in your daily life. Your healthcare coach can help you develop a personalized self-care routine that addresses your unique needs and supports your overall well-being.

Conclusion: Taking the first step towards optimal health with a healthcare life coach

Embarking on a journey towards optimal health and well-being can be both exciting and overwhelming. However, with the support and guidance of a healthcare coach, you can navigate the path with confidence and transform your life.

Healthcare coaching offers a unique approach to well-being, combining the principles of traditional life coaching with a deep understanding of the healthcare system. Through personalized support, goal-setting, and a range of techniques and strategies, healthcare life coaching can help you make sustainable lifestyle changes, develop a positive relationship with yourself and your body, and achieve your health and wellness goals.

So, take that first step towards optimal health today. Find a qualified healthcare coach who resonates with you, and embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and transformation. Your well-being deserves it.

Ready to transform your well-being with healthcare coaching? We offer a certification program in Healthcare Life Coaching. It’s 100% online, on open enrollment and self-paced. If you’d like more information in regards to our Life Coaching program please follow this link.


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Additional Resources:

Does health coaching improve health-related quality of life and reduce hospital admissions in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Hannah Long, Et al. British Journal of Health Psychology. Volume24, Issue3 September 2019 Pages 515-546

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Personal Health Coaching as a Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Self-Management Strategy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Pirbaglou M, Et al.  American Journal of Health Promotion. 2018;32(7):1613-1626. doi:10.1177/0890117118758234

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Adolescents’ Use of Digital Technologies and Preferences for Mobile Health Coaching in Public Mental Health Settings.  Aschbrenner Kelly A., Et al. Frontiers in Public Health VOLUME=7 YEAR=2019 DOI=10.3389/fpubh.2019.00178 ISSN=2296-2565

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Telemedicine-Based Health Coaching Is Effective for Inducing Weight Loss and Improving Metabolic Markers. Kelly E. Johnson, Et al. Telemedicine and e-Health Vol. 25, No. 25 Feb 2019

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Life Coaching Advice on Diabetes Prevention and Management

By – James M. Katz, BA

Life coaching advice can cover a wide range of subjects including diabetes prevention and management. Living with diabetes can be challenging, but with the right support and guidance, it is possible to effectively manage the condition and lead a fulfilling life. One powerful tool that can aid in diabetes management is life coaching. Life coaching advice can provide individuals with the necessary tools and strategies to navigate the complexities of living with diabetes. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of incorporating life coaching into diabetes management and how it can help individuals unlock their full potential in managing their health.

A picture with Balance, Life and Work listed on it
Life Coaching Advice: Find balance!

The article quoted below shows us one of the many ways life coaches advise others on how to prevent type 2 diabetes. It discusses a simple yet very effective way to combat it. Simply by walking at a faster pace, you can “out run” diabetes! For more, please review the article (Walking could lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, and your speed may affect how much, study finds) below.

“Previous studies have indicated that frequent walking was associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the general population, in a way that those with more time spent walking per day were at a lower risk,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Ahmad Jayedi, a research assistant at the Social Determinants of Health Research Center at the Semnan University of Medical Sciences in Iran.

Walking could lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, and your speed may affect how much, study finds. Rogers K., CNN
Updated 11:08 PM EST, Tue November 28, 2023“

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Benefits of incorporating life coaching into diabetes management

Life coaching advice offers numerous benefits for individuals with diabetes. One of the key advantages is the personalized approach to diabetes management. A life coach works closely with individuals to understand their unique challenges and goals, helping them develop a customized plan to manage their diabetes effectively. This tailored approach ensures that individuals receive the support and guidance they need to make sustainable lifestyle changes and achieve their desired outcomes.

Another benefit of incorporating life coaching into diabetes management is the focus on holistic well-being. Diabetes is not just about managing blood sugar levels; it also involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing stress. A life coach can help individuals develop healthy habits such as regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and stress-reduction techniques. By addressing these aspects of well-being, life coaching can contribute to overall improved health and diabetes management.

The role of a life coach in diabetes management

A life coach plays a crucial role in diabetes management by providing guidance, support, and accountability. They act as a trusted partner, working alongside individuals to identify their goals, explore their motivations, and develop strategies for success. A life coach helps individuals uncover their strengths and build resilience, empowering them to take control of their diabetes management.

One of the key responsibilities of a life coach is to help individuals set goals and create an action plan. With their expertise in goal setting and action-oriented strategies, life coaches can guide individuals in defining realistic and achievable goals related to their diabetes management. They assist in breaking down these goals into smaller, manageable steps, ensuring that individuals stay on track and make progress towards their desired outcomes.

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Setting goals and creating an action plan with a life coach

Setting goals is an essential component of effective diabetes management. With the help of a life coach, individuals can identify specific goals related to their health, such as achieving target blood sugar levels, losing weight, or improving fitness. A life coach can assist in setting realistic timelines and creating an action plan to achieve these goals.

When setting goals, it is essential to make them specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). For example, instead of setting a vague goal of “improving blood sugar control,” a life coach can help individuals define a SMART goal like “maintaining blood sugar levels within the target range of 80-130 mg/dL before meals and below 180 mg/dL after meals, every day for the next three months.” This specific goal provides clarity and enables individuals to track their progress effectively.

Developing a positive mindset and overcoming obstacles

Living with diabetes can often lead to negative emotions such as frustration, guilt, and anxiety. A life coach can help individuals develop a positive mindset, empowering them to overcome these challenges and embrace a more optimistic outlook. By focusing on strengths and celebrating small victories, a life coach can help individuals build resilience and navigate the emotional rollercoaster that often comes with diabetes management.

Additionally, a life coach can assist individuals in identifying and overcoming obstacles that may hinder their progress. Whether it’s addressing self-limiting beliefs, overcoming fear of failure, or finding strategies to manage stress, a life coach provides the necessary support and guidance to help individuals overcome these barriers. By reframing obstacles as opportunities for growth, a life coach can empower individuals to turn setbacks into steppingstones towards success.

Implementing healthy habits and lifestyle changes

Developing and implementing healthy habits is key to effective diabetes management. A life coach can provide individuals with the necessary tools, strategies, and accountability to make sustainable lifestyle changes. Whether it’s adopting a balanced diet, incorporating regular exercise, or managing stress through relaxation techniques, a life coach can guide individuals towards healthier choices.

By working closely with a life coach, individuals can explore their current lifestyle habits and identify areas that require modification. A life coach can assist in developing personalized strategies to implement healthy habits, ensuring that individuals make gradual and lasting changes. With the support and guidance of a life coach, individuals can cultivate new habits that support their diabetes management goals and overall well-being.

Tracking progress and staying motivated with life coaching techniques

Tracking progress is essential in diabetes management. It allows individuals to monitor their achievements, identify areas for improvement, and stay motivated on their journey. A life coach can introduce various techniques and tools to help individuals track their progress effectively.

One such technique is journaling. By keeping a daily journal of food intake, exercise, blood sugar levels, and emotions, individuals can gain valuable insights into their diabetes management. A life coach can guide individuals in analyzing these records and identifying patterns, enabling them to make informed decisions and adjustments to their diabetes management plan.

Furthermore, a life coach can utilize visualization and affirmation techniques to help individuals stay motivated. Visualizing success and affirming positive beliefs can strengthen individuals’ commitment to their diabetes management goals and increase their confidence in achieving them. A life coach can provide individuals with personalized visualization exercises and affirmations tailored to their specific needs and aspirations.

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Life coaching tools and resources for managing diabetes

In the digital age, there are numerous life coaching tools and resources available to support individuals in managing their diabetes. These tools can enhance the effectiveness of life coaching advice and provide individuals with additional support between coaching sessions.

One such resource is mobile applications specifically designed for diabetes management. These apps can help individuals track their blood sugar levels, log food intake, monitor physical activity, and even provide reminders for medication. Additionally, some apps offer educational resources, meal planning guidance, and community support, fostering a sense of connection and empowerment.

Other valuable resources include online forums and support groups dedicated to diabetes management. These platforms allow individuals to connect with others who share similar experiences, exchange tips and advice, and gain inspiration from success stories. By participating in these communities, individuals can find encouragement, motivation, and a sense of belonging in their diabetes management journey.

Finding a qualified life coach for diabetes management

Finding a qualified life coach for diabetes management is crucial to ensuring the effectiveness of the coaching relationship. When seeking a life coach, it is essential to consider their credentials, experience, and specialization in diabetes management. Look for certifications from reputable coaching organizations and inquire about their experience working with individuals with diabetes.

Additionally, take the time to interview potential life coaches to assess their coaching style, communication skills, and compatibility with your personality and needs. A good life coach should be empathetic, supportive, and able to create a safe environment for open and honest discussions. Trust your instincts and choose a life coach who resonates with you and inspires confidence in their ability to guide you towards effective diabetes management.

Conclusion: Embracing the power of life coaching in diabetes management

In conclusion, life coaching advice holds tremendous potential for individuals managing diabetes. By incorporating life coaching into diabetes management, individuals can benefit from a personalized approach, holistic well-being, and the support of a trusted partner. Life coaching can help individuals set goals, develop a positive mindset, implement healthy habits, track progress, and overcome obstacles. With the abundance of life coaching tools and resources available, individuals can find additional support and guidance in managing their diabetes effectively. Ultimately, embracing the power of life coaching can help individuals unlock their full potential in managing their diabetes and living a fulfilling life.

If you’re a healthcare professional and would like to learn more about health / life coaching, we offer an online certification program in Healthcare Life Coaching. For more details please go here.


US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Life Coaching 

National Library of Medicine – Can Life Coaching Improve Health Outcomes 

Additional Resources:

 Effectiveness of Health Coaching in Diabetes Control and Lifestyle Improvement: A Randomized-Controlled Trial. Lin C-L, et al. Nutrients. 2021; 13(11):3878.

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Effect of Diabetes Health Coaching on Glycemic Control and Quality of Life in Adults Living With Type 2 Diabetes: A Community-Based, Randomized, Controlled Trial. Diana Sherifali, et al. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, Volume 45, Issue 7, 2021, Pages 594-600, ISSN 1499-2671

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Understanding how different mechanism of life coaching offered to young adults with type 1 diabetes can improve their ability to see opportunities and overcome barriers. Jette Ammmentorp, et al. Patient Education and Counseling, Volume 103, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 544-548, ISSN 0738-3991

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Electronic Health Lifestyle Coaching Among Diabetes Patients in a Real-Life Municipality Setting: Observational Study.  Komkova A, et al. JMIR Diabetes 2019;4(1):e12140 DOI: 10.2196/12140

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Brainspotting vs EMDR – Comparing the Differences and Similarities

eye macroWritten by Veronica Turner

If you have a mental health condition like PTSD or trauma-related anxiety, it can be challenging to find a therapy that works best for you. But by learning about the various options out there, you can make a more informed decision.

Two effective methods are brainspotting and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

In the following guide, we will take a closer look at these two powerful techniques and delve into their workings, benefits, similarities, and differences, so you can determine which one is best for your personal therapeutic journey.


What Is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a type of therapy designed to help individuals to access, process, and overcome trauma.

Using a technique known as “dual attunement,” the therapist guides you in locating eye positions—also known as brainspots—that correlate with internal emotional experiences. It’s believed these brainspots are reflections of different areas of your brain. The concept behind brainspotting suggests that our brain processes information about traumatic events visually.

For instance, when pointed toward a particular direction, your eyes may trigger memories of distress or discomfort. Focusing on these points can help to unlock and process unresolved issues at a deeper level than traditional talk therapy offers.

Brainspotting can effectively assist with various conditions such as anxiety disorders, PTSD, physical or emotional trauma, and performance issues. Furthermore, it can potentially aid in the recovery from substance abuse or addiction.

Tailored to meet individual therapeutic needs, brainspotting caters to each person’s unique healing pace and style while promoting self-awareness and personal growth. Therefore, brainspotting can be enormously beneficial for people struggling with numerous emotional challenges.


What Is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR as it is more commonly known, is another therapeutic technique aimed largely at relieving the distress associated with traumatic memories.

This type of therapy involves recalling distressing events while the therapist directs your eye movements.

The process of EMDR is unique because it can bring about rapid and effective relief from trauma-related symptoms. It does this by allowing your brain to reprocess the experience in a way that more effectively mitigates emotional and physical responses.

EMDR is highly beneficial for a range of conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, and even disturbing life experiences that aren’t necessarily categorized as ‘trauma.’

One of the profound benefits of EMDR therapy is its ability to let individuals fully process past traumatic experiences and move forward in their lives. It has been widely acclaimed for its effectiveness in aiding recovery after psychological traumas, providing a path toward healing and well-being.


The Similarities of Brainspotting and EMDR

Now, let’s look at brainspotting vs. EMDR.

Both brainspotting and EMDR are gaining significant traction for their effectiveness in treating trauma and other distressing conditions. They share several of the same fundamental characteristics in how they operate.

For instance, both therapies tap into the body’s natural ability to self-heal by processing and releasing traumatic memories.

Additionally, each therapy requires the individual to recall specific distressing events while the therapist uses a technique to guide their focus — eye movements in EMDR or specific eye positions in brainspotting.

Furthermore, both methods advocate for integrating traditional psychotherapeutic practices with more modern techniques for a comprehensive therapeutic experience.


The Differences Between Brainspotting and EMDR

While brainspotting and EMDR share similarities, there are distinct differences that set them apart too.

In EMDR, external stimuli such as finger movements or sounds direct the patient’s eye movements; while in brainspotting, the therapist helps the patient to identify a specific eye position that can trigger and process responses to traumatic events.

Additionally, the two modalities diverge in their pacing.

EMDR generally follows a more structured protocol and tends to be faster-paced, allowing for quicker processing of trauma. Conversely, brainspotting encourages a slower, more individual-paced approach, offering time for the exploration of deeper emotional experiences.


How to Decide Which Method Is Best for You

Deciding between EMDR and brainspotting largely depends on your personal needs, comfort levels, and the type of trauma or distress you’re dealing with.

If you prefer a more structured approach with quicker results, EMDR might be the right pick for you. However, if you value a slow-paced method that allows more time for exploring deep-seated emotions, brainspotting could be the better option.

It’s advisable to speak about both techniques with a mental health professional who is knowledgeable about both methods. They can provide guidance based on their understanding of your unique situation and help you to make an informed choice.


Author Bio.

Veronica Turner is a health and lifestyle writer with over 10 years of experience. She creates compelling content on nutrition, fitness, mental health, and overall wellness.



Please also review AIHCP’s Health Care Life Coach Certificate program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  These programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification.


10 Different Options for Dealing With Back Pain (Including After Surgery) 

Patient with back pain consulting a doctorWritten by Veronica Turner

Living with back pain can be a daunting experience; that’s where various effective options come into play to bring relief. Ranging from physical therapy, yoga, and pilates to locally injected pain relievers and self-care practices, each approach carries unique benefits to combat this ailment.

This variety is especially important considering the complexities of back pain, as symptoms can occur due to numerous reasons, including injury, aging, surgery, or chronic conditions.


10 Options for Dealing With Back Pain Before and After Surgery

By exploring these options in-depth, we aim to empower you with knowledge so you can be proactive in managing discomfort and improve your overall quality of life substantially.


  1. Physical Therapy

Conducted by trained therapists, physical therapy incorporates a variety of structured exercises designed to stretch and strengthen back muscles. Focusing on key areas responsible for supporting your spine, physical therapy can alleviate pain by improving stability and posture.

It’s important to note that the exercises are often tailored to cater to individual needs, meaning there’s little chance you’ll get hurt. Regularly engaging in these activities enhances long-term recovery and helps mitigate future relapse of back pain while accelerating healing after surgery.


  1. Yoga and Pilates

Embracing yoga and pilates can be a beneficial approach to managing back pain. These practices bring a holistic perspective that emphasizes the harmony of the whole body. Yoga, for instance, uses specific poses that help alleviate back pain by stretching the muscles.

On the other hand, pilates mainly concentrates on building core strength—a critical component for supporting your spine. With regular practice, both options can provide long-lasting relief from chronic back discomforts and support overall muscular health as long as you’re careful.


  1. Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has been identified as a powerful tool in relieving back pain. The simple act of applying pressure to affected muscles aids in reducing tension, improving blood circulation, and promoting relaxation. Increased circulation can expedite healing after back surgery.

Session frequency will depend on the severity of the pain, but even occasional massage appointments can bring about noticeable improvements. Licensed therapists can utilize various techniques depending on your precise need, making this approach versatile.


  1. Self-Care Practices

Self-care practices play a vital role in managing back pain, and they can be as simple as daily lifestyle changes. Healthy habits such as maintaining a balanced diet, resting adequately, avoiding heavy lifting, and incorporating regular exercise are beneficial for your back.

Being proactive about managing stress through various techniques can improve your overall well-being, which indirectly impacts your health. Integrating these habits into your routine aids in effective pain management post-back surgery and contributes positively to long-term recovery.


  1. Pain Medication

Non-prescription (over-the-counter) pain medications/drugs like NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) or acetaminophen can be handy for controlling mild to moderate symptoms. They function by reducing inflammation and blocking pain signals, respectively.

However, with more serious or chronic conditions, stronger prescription medications may be necessary. These should always be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Pain medication is often most effective when combined with other treatments.


  1. Heat and Cold Treatment

Heat and cold treatment is a readily accessible and often effective method to manage back pain. Applying heat, using tools like electric heating pads or warm compresses, helps soothe stiff or achy muscles by improving blood circulation. It promotes healing and can aid mobility.

Conversely, cold treatment with ice packs reduces swelling and numbs sore areas to dull pain. The key is to alternate between the two therapies for optimal results. This technique is usually best used for temporary relief of minor back pains or post-exercise soreness.


  1. Topical Analgesics

Applied directly onto the skin, topicals or ointment products provide localized relief from pain and inflammation. They work by producing a warm or cool sensation that distracts you from the pain or by delivering medication directly to the painful area for transdermal absorption.

Topical Analgesics come in various forms, such as gels, sprays, and patches, and are typically used in conjunction with other treatments. While they may not solve all back pain issues, especially if they’re chronic, they can provide much-needed temporary reprieve in daily life.


  1. Locally Injected Pain Relievers

Injected pain relievers are administered directly to a specific area of the body that’s generating intense discomfort, such as near-strained muscles or pinched nerves. For instance, conditions like sciatica that involve nerve pressure often respond well to these injections.

This approach can swiftly deliver higher concentrations of medication to where it’s most needed, providing rapid relief and reducing the side effects associated with systemic distribution in oral medication. This method should always be performed by a trained healthcare professional.


  1. Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is another important therapeutic intervention to consider when dealing with back pain. A chiropractor, trained in spinal manipulation and alignment, can help pinpoint the source of your pain before applying specific adjustments designed to address irregularities.

Studies have shown that these treatments can effectively alleviate discomfort in the lumbar region, promoting mobility and enhancing overall quality of life. This approach usually works best as part of a comprehensive treatment plan involving physical therapy or exercise programs.


  1. TENS Unit

The TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Unit is a non-invasive device often used in pain management, including backaches. It functions by delivering small electrical currents through electrodes that are adhered to the skin over problem areas.

These currents interfere with the body’s pain signals, persuading your nervous system to either diminish or entirely block these signals, thereby reducing the sensation of pain. This compact device is especially handy as its portable nature allows for home use and immediate relief.


In Conclusion…

Back pain may be a common issue, but you don’t have to endure it silently. There are numerous effective options available today to manage and relieve your discomfort. It’s crucial to remember that every person is unique; what works for one might not work for another.


Author Bio.

Veronica Turner is a health and lifestyle writer with over 10 years of experience. She creates compelling content on nutrition, fitness, mental health, and overall wellness.



Please also review AIHCP’s Health Care Life Coach Certificate program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  These programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification.


How Childhood Illnesses Can Impact Long-Term Mental Health

Sick little girl in bed. Mother with thermometer is sitting near the bed.Written by Veronica Turner


The effects of childhood illnesses can linger, shaping mental health for years to come.

For instance, chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes require frequent medical care and lifestyle adjustments, which can contribute to feelings of difference or exclusion. In turn, long-term mental health can be significantly impacted.


The Role of Early Bonds and Attachments

Childhood illnesses can majorly impact the development of early bonds and attachments, which are the foundation for future relationships.

A child constantly in medical care might have less opportunity to cultivate strong connections with peers or siblings. Over time, these disruptions can lead to difficulties in forming close relationships, potentially stimulating long-term feelings of loneliness or isolation.

This could then contribute to mental health problems such as depression and social anxiety disorders later in life.


Social Exclusion

Following on from the last point, social relations can take a hit when battling health issues during the early years.

Difficulty in keeping up with peers physically often leads to withdrawal from social activities or rejection by peer groups, which may trigger depression in later life stages.


Stress Factors

Dealing with illnesses in childhood can create an inherent level of stress. Often, that can result in anxiety symptoms as a reaction to the situation.

For example, fear of recurring symptoms or impending medical appointments can lead to prolonged periods of worry.


Impact on Self-Image and Identity

One of the profound long-term mental health impacts can be seen in the child’s developing self-image and identity.

Chronic illness might cause children to feel different or develop the perception that they are ‘abnormal’.

Over time, this negative self-image can lead to problems like body dysmorphic disorder or eating disorders.

Thus, addressing these distorted perceptions early is vital for preventing future mental health issues.


Psychological Effects

Dealing with physical discomfort and pain frequently plays out in one’s mental arena, affecting sufferers’ perceptions of self and overall satisfaction in life.

It’s not uncommon for such circumstances to lead to low self-esteem and a pessimistic worldview.


Impact on Education

Educational opportunities may be hampered by chronic sickness, as well.

In addition to the physical toll it takes, illness may cause cognitive impairments or interruptions in schooling that hinder academic progress.

Consequently, this educational disruption feeds into one’s mental well-being resulting in feelings of insecurity or dissatisfaction.


Long-Term Trauma

The traumatic experience of prolonged medical treatments during formative years can carve deep emotional scars and even lead to PTSD in some cases.

Also, the repeated pain and invasiveness related to certain treatments can leave lingering fears or aversions tied closely to one’s self-sense.


Resilience Development

There is a flip side. Some children who experience illnesses early in life develop extraordinary resilience over time.

In dealing with adversity at a young age, they may acquire coping skills that fortify them against future mental health challenges.

Therefore, outcomes are not always negative. Childhood illness can sometimes lead to heightened emotional robustness in adulthood.


The Importance of Professional Helpsick teddy bear with injury in a bed in the hospital

Entrusting mental well-being with professionals who specialize in child psychology becomes crucial when dealing with the aftermath of childhood ailments.

The intervention of experts at an early stage can help individuals to manage issues such as anxiety and depressive symptoms. In turn, that can reduce the chances of long-term mental health ramifications.

Additionally, mental health professionals can offer strategies to help people navigate the social and educational hurdles that can be caused by illnesses.

This professional involvement and support can act as a strong buffer against more serious future mental health implications.


Wrapping Up

Early intervention and supportive environments can mitigate the potential long-term mental health effects of childhood illnesses.

So, if your child has an illness, make sure you take steps to lessen the impact that the illness could have on their mental health later in life. The first step is to contact a mental health professional.


Author Bio: Veronica Turner is a health and lifestyle writer with over 10 years of experience. She creates compelling content on nutrition, fitness, mental health, and overall wellness.”


Please also review AIHCP’s Health Care Life Coach Certificate program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  These programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification.

Exercising for a Healthier Heart

One of the most common reasons individuals exercise is for cardiovascular health.  Strengthening the heart and lowering risks of heart attack are good reasons to exercise and usually most aerobic exercises suffice in helping individuals keep a healthy heart.  Those who already have a weakened heart may need care in what type of higher aerobic exercises are safe through the guidance of a primary physician and life coach or exercise trainer.  It is also important to gradually work one’s way up with any type of cardiovascular exercise.  Over time, one can adjust or increase a workout as the body and heart become more acclimated to the intensity.  One sure way to hurt oneself or cause damage is to start to fast or too intense.  Hence gradual increase over time and proper warm ups and stretches are critical for a novice to understand.

Life coaches can help individuals choose the right cardiovascular exercise programs


The article, “4 Excellent Ways to Exercise for a Strong, Healthy Heart” by Karen Asp looks at ways to train for a healthier heart.  She lists brisk walking, intense cardiovascular workouts, strength training and yoga as excellent ways to find better heart health.  Some exercises are more paced towards younger individuals who can do higher intensity while others are for those who cannot endure a higher intense workout.  The article states,

“To gauge how hard you should be working, use what experts call the rating of perceived exertion, which uses a scale that goes from zero to 10. Zero is how you feel when you’re doing nothing; 10 means you’re going all-out. During the “on” or hard work periods of intervals, you should be somewhere between seven and 10; during recovery periods remain around level three or four, according to the American Council on Exercise.”

“4 Excellent Ways to Exercise for a Strong, Healthy Heart”. Karan Asp. February 6th, 2023. Real Simple

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Cardio workouts are one of the best ways to get your heart rate up, improve your health, and reduce your risk of heart disease. But how do you maximize the benefits of cardio in order to get the most out of your workouts? In this article, we’ll look at what cardio is, why it’s important, different types of cardio exercises, how to set up a cardio workout plan, and how to stay motivated to stick with a cardio routine.  Healthcare life coaches and fitness experts can help put one on a great plan that fits one’s health needs and expectations.

What is Cardio and Why is it Important?

Cardio, or aerobic exercise, is any physical activity that increases your heart rate and breathing for an extended period of time. It is important for maintaining a healthy heart and circulation, burning fat, improving lung capacity, and increasing stamina and endurance. Regular cardio exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle, and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio exercise per week for adults. This can be broken down into 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, or even 10 minutes three times a day.

Benefits of Cardio Exercise

Cardio exercises strengthen the heart, increase endurance, lower cholesterol and sugar, and can help clear a sad mind


Cardio exercise offers a number of benefits for your health. Regular cardio can help improve your cardiovascular health, reduce your risk of heart disease, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your balance and coordination, and reduce stress and anxiety. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight, as it burns calories more quickly than other types of exercise.

Understanding Heart Rate and Cardio Intensity

When you’re engaging in cardio exercise, it’s important to understand your heart rate and the intensity of your workout. Your target heart rate should be between 50 and 85 percent of your maximum heart rate, which you can calculate using a simple formula. This can help you ensure that you’re getting the most out of your cardio workouts.

The intensity of your workout also matters. You should aim for moderate-intensity cardio exercise, which means that you should be able to talk but not sing while exercising. This is the most effective way to burn calories and get the most out of your workouts.

Types of Cardio Exercises

There are a variety of cardio exercises that you can do, including running, jogging, swimming, cycling, rowing, walking, and aerobics. You can also try high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or circuit training, which are shorter, more intense workouts that involve alternating between short bursts of intense activity and brief periods of rest.

Frequency and Duration of Cardio Workouts

To maximize your cardio workouts, it’s important to understand the frequency and duration of your workouts. Aim to do cardio exercise three to five times a week, for at least 30 minutes each time. If you’re just starting out, you can start with shorter workouts and work your way up to longer ones.

Setting Up a Cardio Workout Plan with Life Coaches

To maximize the benefits of your cardio workouts, it’s important to have a plan. Start by setting realistic goals and then create a schedule that will help you stay on track. You should also make sure to switch up your workouts to keep them interesting and challenging. Life coaches can help one better make a good cardio workout plan.   Cardio can depend on one’s health and heart strength.  One should never start a plan without consulting a healthcare professional.  In addition, some plans may be geared to younger individuals, while others may be more age appropriate for older individuals.

Different Cardio Workouts for Different Goals

If you’re looking to lose weight, you should focus on shorter, high-intensity workouts. If you’re looking to increase endurance and stamina, you should focus on longer, lower-intensity workouts. It’s important to find the type of cardio workout that works for you and your goals.

Staying Motivated to Stick With a Cardio Routine

Sticking with a cardio routine can be tough, especially if you’re just starting out. To stay motivated, try to find a workout buddy and make it a point to exercise together. You can also set small rewards for yourself to keep you motivated and focus on the long-term health benefits of regular cardio.  A life coach can help keep someone motivated and accountable.

Cardio Workouts for a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Regular cardio exercise is essential for a heart-healthy lifestyle. To get the most out of your workouts, it’s important to understand your heart rate, the intensity of your workouts, and the types of exercises that are best for your goals. It’s also important to have a plan and to stay motivated to stick with your routine. With a little dedication and hard work, you can maximize your cardio workouts and lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.


Life coaches can help one find the best cardio plan. Please review AIHCP’s Healthcare Life Coaching Program


Cardio workouts are an important part of any exercise routine and can help you maintain a healthy heart and reduce your risk of heart disease. To get the most out of your workouts, it’s important to understand your heart rate, the intensity of your workouts, and the types of exercises that are best for your goals. With a little dedication and hard work, you can maximize your cardio workouts and lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Again it is important not to start plans without consulting a physician and under the guidance of a life coach or fitness trainer.  Different levels of heart health and age require different intensities.  Life coaches can help one learn the intensity and duration that best fits an individual.  In addition, one should gradually increase intensity and duration as well as always warm up to prevent potential injury.

Please also review AIHCP’s Healthcare Life Coaching Program.  The program is online and independent study and geared to healthcare professionals and life coaches looking to add a certification to their resume.  The program deals not only with healthy life styles, but also mental coaching and nutrition.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals.


Additional Resources

“3 Best Exercises for Heart Health”. Kristen Gasnick. December 16th, 2021. VeryWellHealth. Access here

“Exercise and the Heart”. John Hopkins Medicine.  Access here

“American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults and Kids”. American Heart Association.  April 18th, 2018. Access here

“20 cardio exercises to do at home with minimal equipment, from beginner to advanced”. Rachel Nall.  January 26th, 2023. MedicalNewsToday.  Access here

CPR Guidelines – What’s New in the Medical Field?

CPR done in hospital settingWritten by Sam Darwin

It is common for the American Heart Association (AHA) to update its CPR guidelines every five years. These guidelines result from a meticulous evidence review process that lasts several years. But in 2015, the organization decided to take a different approach to this evaluation process and standards. It unveiled a new strategy that uses ongoing, online evidence evaluation. 

This new adjustment is necessary as it makes it possible to assimilate different scientific breakthroughs. Therefore, they ensure they are more effective and can introduce the guidelines across hospitals and communities. 

In 2020, the AHA organization released its guidelines under the new procedure. The policies contain 491 specific guidelines for CPR for laypeople and medical professionals. 

This article will define CPR and the best time to use it. Besides, it will also expound more on the latest advancement of CPR in the medical field. 

CPR and CPR Training?

In a medical emergency, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help to save a person’s life in case of breathing complications or when their heart stops. To perform CPR the right way, you must either undergo CPR training or be CPR-certified. Such training sessions do not mandate physical presence and can even be taken online.

When a person is experiencing cardiac arrest, their heart will be unable to pump blood to the rest of the body, including the brain and lungs. Medical care is highly recommended during this state, as death can occur within minutes.  

CPR is effective as it imitates the heart’s pumping action and uses chest compressions. It is effective as each compression supports the body’s natural blood circulation. 

Remember that heart attacks and cardiac arrest are different. When the heart’s blood supply is cut off, a patient will have a heart attack. Besides, during a heart attack, a person can speak and breathe. 

When a person is undergoing a heart attack, they may not need CPR. But it is safe to rush this person to a nearby hospital. This is because cardiac arrest is more likely to occur after a heart attack. 

The Latest CPR Guidelines in the Medical Field

1. Encourages Layperson to Administer CPR

Most of the AHA CPR guidelines focus on CPR treatment practices for medical professionals. However, the organization has spent a lot of time updating its standards for laypeople’s education and training also. So you can renew your CPR card online as the organization aims to make it more accessible. 

This is because recent statics revealed that about 350,000 adult patients went into cardiac arrest outside hospitals in 2015. And before EMS teams arrived, less than 40% of the patients received CPR from bystanders, while 12% received AED use. 

According to reports, the rate of cardiac arrests outside of a hospital has reached a severe plateau since 2012. That’s why AHA is keen to promote online CPR training for a layperson in its latest guidelines. This will ensure they have self-confidence in performing life-saving CPR. 

2. As a Layperson, You Should Start CPR Immediately

This has been among the requirements from the 2010 AHA guidelines. A lay rescuer shouldn’t bother to check for a pulse in case a patient suddenly collapses. The right thing to do is assume cardiac arrest and start CPR immediately. 

The latest 2020 guidelines confirmed that recommendation. They encourage lay rescuers to do CPR right away in such circumstances and not waste time checking for a pulse. 

This is because most non-medical practitioners often find it challenging to find a pulse, especially in emergencies.  Besides, CPR first aid is less dangerous even if the patient is not in cardiac arrest. 

3. Advice on Online Video Training for Layperson CPR

The latest AHA guidelines encourage accessibility and education for laypeople as well. It is vital to have CPR training available to anyone who cares about saving lives. 

AHA recommendations from 2015 state that online self-learning paired with hands-on, instructor-led training for layperson CPR should be considered alternatives to traditional in-person seminars.

Additionally, the research proved that video-based online CPR training and self-directed teaching have no significant difference from in-person training. So if you’re a layperson CPR, you can take CPR certification online, which will still apply according to the 2020 AHA guidelines. 

With these new guidelines, AHA hopes many people will feel encouraged to pursue a CPR certification. This is because this type of training is available widely. Besides, if you need a CPR renewal certification, you can access it anytime. 

Moreover, the 2020 guidelines encourage lay rescuers to learn how to administer Naloxone to patients experiencing a drug overdose. Besides, they also encourage middle and high schools to introduce CPR training to establish a sense of confidence and familiarity at a young age for many lay rescuers. 

4. A Mobile System That Can Alert Trained Laypersons CPRCPR First Aid Training Concept

The latest CPR guidelines encourage people to leverage the latest mobile phone technologies. This will aid in notifying the CPR and AED-trained bystanders in case of an emergency with a cardiac arrest patient. 

This technology will make it quick and simple for dispatchers to notify trained CPR volunteers and bystanders in case of an emergency in a neighborhood. This will be a vital accomplishment as it increases the likelihood that cardiac arrest patients will receive life-saving CPR before the EMTs arrive. 

Moreover, the Internal Liaison on Resuscitation (ILCOR) supports this advice, as its thorough analysis found that a mobile warning system might speed up trained bystander responses. And as a result, it will increase the number of cardiac arrests patients receiving bystander CPR. Besides, this will raise the survival rates for cardiac arrest patients outside hospitals. 

5. Quality of Adult CPR With Chest Compressions

Regarding adult CPR, the AHA guidelines reiterate the importance of quality chest compression. It is crucial as it ensures improved survival metrics, but the compression depth rate changes guidelines are only for adult patients. 

According to the guidelines, it is highly advised for adult patients to have chest compressions of at least 2 inches, but it shouldn’t be greater than 2.4 inches. 

But it is also encouraged to have a moderate strength for compression rates between 100-120 compressions per minute. 


CPR first aid is now considered one of the most crucial components of survival in case of a cardiac arrest. The latest guidelines by AHA are based on scientific research and intend to increase a person’s chances of survival in case of cardiac arrest. These new guidelines are necessary because there is always a 90% possibility of death in cardiac arrest cases outside the hospital. 

So the AHA guidelines recommendation for online video classes for layperson CPR training is a great place to start. This will help see an increase in survival for cardiac arrest patients. Also, it is vital to take a CPR certification renewal to stay updated with the latest CPR guidelines. 




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Factors Influencing Medication Compliance in Elderly Patients

Elderly patient receiving careWritten by Sam Darwin

The elderly population is growing at an unprecedented rate. According to population reports, the number of people aged 65 and over is expected to double by 2050. Along with this increase in life expectancy comes an increase in chronic health conditions. Many of these chronic conditions are managed with medication. This means that an increasing number of older adults take many medications daily to improve their quality of life. But taking different drugs can be hard, and many older people have trouble sticking to their treatment plan.

Not taking medications as prescribed is a big problem among older people, and it can have bad results. It can make drug treatments less effective and lead to hospitalization, a loss of cognitive function, or even death. This article will discuss the factors that influence medication compliance in elderly patients.

Medication compliance is the degree to which patients follow prescribed medications. It is a significant problem in older adults due to several factors. Here are factors that influence medication compliance among elderly patients:


  1. Patient-Provider Relationship

An important factor influencing medication compliance is a positive patient-provider relationship in senior care. Patients comfortable talking with their doctors about their medications will take them more frequently. Those uncomfortable discussing these issues with their physicians are less likely to comply.

A primary care physician must establish a positive rapport to ensure success with their patient’s treatment plans. They can do this by taking an interest in what is happening in their lives. They should try to understand where they are coming from on medication decisions. This will help them better understand which treatments might suit each patient and which may not work out.


  1. Medication Knowledge

A significant factor in medication compliance is patient knowledge of their medications. Elderly patients with limited knowledge of medication use are more likely not to adhere. Patients who can identify the name and strength of their drugs will take them more frequently than those who do not. This may be due to a lack of understanding, or it may be due to a lack of information. They should know about the medication’s side effects or interactions with other drugs taken by the patient.


  1. Medication Side Effects Management

Medication side effects management is an essential factor for elderly patients. Side effects are common reasons patients do not take their medication as prescribed. Elderly patients may be more susceptible to side effects due to age-related changes in the body. These changes can make it more difficult for the body to process and eliminate medications. As a result, side effects may be more severe in elderly patients.

Besides, it’s also important to note that many elderly patients experience side effects from their medication. These side effects may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches. Most side effects can be managed with lifestyle changes and medication dosage adjustments. Managing severe side effects will make the patients comply with the medications.


  1. Patients’ Beliefs

Patients’ beliefs about medicine are vital. They can affect their decision-making regarding medication compliance. Patients may have misconceptions about medications and their effects on the body. For example, patients may believe certain medications may cause side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness.

Some patients may believe that a prescription drug is more effective than another one in treating a condition. These beliefs can influence their decision-making as they weigh whether it is worth taking medication. They can decide if it is safe to take an alternative treatment instead.

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  1. Social Support

Social support is another factor that influences medication compliance among elderly individuals. Social support refers to the presence of family, friends, and community members. These are people who provide emotional support during stress or illness. Social support has a positive impact on patient compliance with medication regimens. Individuals with social support are less likely to miss or need extra doses because they rely on others for help when needed.


  1. Reduction in the Number of Medications

The number of medications a patient takes is one factor that may influence adherence. For elderly patients, many medications are often prescribed as part of the treatment plan for various conditions. These conditions may be chronic or acute and demand different treatment regimens. As a result, elderly patients may have various prescriptions from physicians or healthcare providers.

The high number of medications taken by elderly patients often leads to confusion. This is especially regarding prescription drugs’ dose, frequency, and duration. Reducing the number or substituting one medication with another will make patients adhere.

  1. Cost of Medication

The cost of medicine is an essential factor that influences medication compliance. This is because the elderly are more likely to be on fixed incomes. This makes it difficult for them to afford the cost of taking their medicines. Moreover, it may be costly for them to purchase the treatment or fill prescriptions at a pharmacy.

Uninsured or underinsured patients may not be able to afford the medications they need to treat their illnesses. These factors play a significant role in increased patient non-compliance with their prescribed medications. It is essential to consider whether a drug is truly needed or merely being used to mask symptoms rather than treating the root cause of the disease.


  1. Medication Accessibility

Medication accessibility is another factor that influences patient compliance with their prescribed medications. Medications are often unavailable at pharmacies or hospitals. This leads to increased reliance on self-medication or self-prescription. Self-prescription involves patients purchasing medicines from other sources. These could be pharmacies and drug stores rather than their primary care provider or pharmacy.

Elderly patients can also have difficulty accessing their medications. This could be due to a lack of transportation, income limitations, or other financial constraints. Easy accessibility to a primary doctor near me ensures medical compliance.


  1. Patient’s Understanding of their Medical Condition

The most crucial factor in medication compliance is the patient’s understanding of their medical condition. If patients understand the reason for taking medication, they will be more likely to take it as directed. Patients should also be taught how to store their drugs properly and reduce side effects.



Patients who feel they have little or no say in their medical decisions are less likely to do what doctors tell them to do. Doctors should ensure their patients understand why they are being given medications. Sometimes it’s hard for older people to remember to take all their medicines. Thus, family doctors near me must know this when they write prescriptions. Patients must be knowledgeable about their medications, have access to them, and know when and how to take them.



  1. What are some common reasons elderly patients might not comply with their medication regimen?

Several factors can influence medication compliance in elderly patients. Poor eyesight and hearing can make it difficult to understand dosing instructions or follow medication schedules. Patients may also forget to take their medications.

  1. What are some of the consequences of poor medication compliance in elderly patients?

Poor compliance can lead to various consequences. These include decreased quality of life, increased risk of hospitalization, and even death.

  1. How can caregivers and loved ones help ensure that elderly patients take their medications as prescribed?

First, it is important to make sure that the elderly patient understands why they are taking the medication. Caregivers and loved ones should remind the older adults the dosage and time to take the medications.


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