LIFESTYLE MEDICINE. A PRECIOUS ALLY IN TREATING CHRONIC DISEASES
Diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory problems, cancer, slipped discs, irritable bowel syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, etc...
Diagnosing a chronic disease is a life-changing event. Many chronic diseases are the result of modern lifestyles, known as lifestyle-diseases. All those require, in addition to any medication, fundamental changes in one’s lifestyle to deal with them. A Health Coach's job is not to cure the disease. His or her job is to help the person deal with all aspects of the disease and to adapt smoothly to this change.
Every disease is different. However, they all have similarities. All of them require interventions in the patient's lifestyle, for whom most of the time it is difficult to manage this fundamental change alone.
Disease management is now a challenge. Life takes on a different meaning. It is natural to feel shock, loss and have lost confidence after such a diagnosis. "Why did it happen to me?" One may feel alone and that no one understands what is happening to them. The treatment plan given by the doctor may seem impossible to follow. A person’s life will change and they do not know where to start. They are worried about the symptoms of the illness. Chronic diseases affect the patient's emotional load; they cause fatigue, the pain may be constant and place limits on daily activities and obligations.
With the help of Health Coaching one can adapt these changes to aspects of one's life, develop practical routines and beneficial coping strategies. Personal attention and encouragement through coaching will help him or her motivate, comply with treatment and have the greatest possible benefit.
PERSONAL PLAN | PERSONAL OBJECTIVES
A Coach knows that each person is unique and can react differently to a chronic disease, compared to another in the same condition. A Coach follows strategies not only based on the disease but also on the basis of your personality, lifestyle and evaluation of the overall conditions.
During the Health Coaching sessions, you will succeed at:
Managing the factors of your environment.
Adapting to your new habits, eating conditions / increase exercise / improve sleep quality at your own pace.
Being educated upon the disease and any medication you receive.
Managing the situation according to your preferences and time.
Having a person next to you who will support you to change your lifestyle step by step.
There is no reason why chronic disease should define who you are. With practical guidance, psychological support and motivation, you will take control of your illness and embrace life again