Health coaching is still a fairly new phenomenon, in the sense that it isn't something people automatically think they might need. We go to the doctor, the dentist, get massages (if we're lucky!)... some people even have personal trainers, and pay huge sums of money for that. I'm not saying I think it's a waste of money - nothing is, as long as the person offering the given service is good. And that's where it gets tricky. How do you know? Even if somebody else had a good experience that doesn't necessarily mean you will.
What I really wanted this post to be about though, was why I personally think everyone would benefit from seeing a good health coach or therapist. By good, I mean someone who matches you and your needs.
I remember that throughout my school years (even already in elementary school) I used to love going to see the school counselor. Admittedly it was partly because I wanted to skip class, but a big part of it was that I just liked to have someone to talk to; someone to bounce thoughts and ideas with, who wasn't directly involved in my life. It can be tough to only bounce off peers and family members all the time, especially when we're young and just starting to form our sense of self. I always felt that talking to a counselor or therapist about things helped me process them, and make realizations on my own. Ever since then I've regularly seen different therapists myself, for periods of time in my life, and even though I don't have a mental illness, I think it helps me think more clearly and feel more stable. Maybe this isn't true for everyone, but there's certainly something to be said about the benefits of "cleansing" - whether you refer to physical or mental cleansing. (One definition of cleansing is to rid (a person, place, or thing) of something seen as unpleasant, unwanted, or defiling.)
A good health coach should be able to listen to the needs of her/his clients with genuine curiosity, and ask the right questions that will make the client dig out answers from within themselves. Holistic health takes into account the whole person, and all aspects of the person's life, so a holistic health coach needs to know where to apply knowledge about these different aspects. Many people come looking for diet and exercise guidance, without fully understanding the correlation between all the parts that affect the patterns we form. This is where a coach can really help untie the knots.
Got to love New York, that's all I can say. One thing I love the most about this city is definitely its diversity. How you can dress any way you like and do weird things (yes, I love doing weird things, who doesn't?) without anyone thinking twice about it or paying much attention. And all the funny things you see every day! All the random 1-10 minute conversations you have with strangers of all different backgrounds and ethnicities.
Spending all of winter (Australian summer) in Sydney was a wonderful privilege, and I enjoyed every minute of my time there. But as soon as we started approaching NY on the airplane back, I started feeling the familiar tingling sensation of coming home. New York fills me with a sense of drive, motivation and ambition - a feeling that anything is possible.
It's funny how different places and cities also can make you feel like an entirely different person. Today it is freezing cold here, but I so enjoy seeing all the mustaches, the very varying fashions and styles, the street musicians... and just soaking up the vibe.
The energy of this city is not for everyone, but it is definitely for me. Happy Thursday everyone!
Happy Vibes Project is, first and foremost, a space where I share my excitement and fascina-tion about being human. I have a tendency to fall into research rabbit holes on almost any topic from science & technology to film ma-king, philosophy, cultu-re, art ... and, of course, holistic health. Happi-ness only gets better when shared, so feel free to reach out if you have an interesting story or would like to con-tribute in any other way! <3