A Day In the Life of a Health Coach
by April Larson
Starting your own business as a holistic health coach is definitely not your typical 9 to 5 job. It may even be a bit overwhelming at first, but once settled into is one of the most rewarding careers. Curious what a day in the life of a health coach looks like? Let me fill you in…
I start each day with my self-care routine which includes a mindful walk around the park with my pup, juicing fresh vegetables and fruit and five minutes of stretching. In order to be a successful health coach, you have to be healthy, happy, well rested and in balance, so it’s important to prioritize self-care.
Next, I take a look at my calendar to see what appointments and events I have coming up that week. I also begin my day in the right direction by writing my top three goals of the day, top three things I am grateful for, and top three successes from the day before. This exercise keeps me motivated and thinking positively. You are ultimately in charge of your business and the direction you’d like to go. The clearer your intentions and vision for your practice become, the more likely it is that you will succeed.
The first few hours in the morning are spent doing administrative duties such as catching up on emails, checking social networking sites, creating materials for my programs, etc. This time is set aside for focused and uninterrupted work. In the afternoon, I may have a few one-on-one clients which I either meet in person or coach over the phone.
The evening is reserved for networking events and workshops. Putting yourself out there and talking to people is crucial to building a successful coaching business. I also make sure to exercise at least five days a week which I will work into the evenings and weekends when I don’t have events scheduled.
I decompress and wrap up my day by cooking a nutritious meal and sitting down to eat without distraction. From there, I cuddle up to a good inspirational book at least an hour before bed to help my mind and body transition to rest mode. To ensure that there is a balance of give and take, you need to create a support system that works for you - a way to recharge your battery and discharge stress.
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