6 Ways that Health Coaching can help to navigate the menopause
Health Coaches play a pivotal role in guiding individuals through many physical, mental and emotional health challenges in life, one of them being the significant moment in a woman's life; the menopause.
During this life-changing stage, Health Coaches act as supportive mentors, helping women to deal with the different challenges that the menopause can present.
In support of Menopause Awareness Month, our wonderful Curriculum Development Coordinator and Menopause Health & Wellness Coach, Catherine Shelton shares five impactful ways Health Coaching can empower women through the menopausal journey:
1. Supporting the detox pathways
Our liver works around the clock to detoxify our bodies, and if we don't assist in clearing out toxins and excess oestrogen, menopausal symptoms can become more challenging.
A Health Coach is equipped to guide women in supporting their liver through the reduction or elimination of alcohol, caffeine, refined sugars, processed foods and toxic chemicals. While simultaneously promoting liver health by recommending the addition of fibre, antioxidants, foods from the Brassica and Allium families, beetroot, lemons, and essential fats to their diet.
2. Blood sugar balancing
Health Coaches play a crucial role in assisting women as they navigate the challenges of weight gain, particularly during the menopausal phase. By understanding the significance of insulin, often known as the fat storage hormone, and recognising the age-related tendency towards insulin resistance, Health Coaches can support women to effectively manage and mitigate menopausal weight gain through the principles of blood sugar balancing.
3. Stress Management
Health Coaches provide invaluable support for women navigating the challenges of menopause, particularly in managing chronic stress. Chronic stress poses numerous dangers, affecting hormone levels, increasing inflammation and disease risk, impairing mental clarity and memory, elevating the risk of weight gain, and sapping energy. Health Coaches can equip women with effective stress management strategies, including deep breathing, spending time in nature, engaging in regular physical activity, setting aside "me-time," fostering connections with friends, infusing laughter and fun, practicing prayer and meditation, and harnessing the calming power of essential oils.
4. Strength Training
The decline in muscle mass, bone density, and strength, common as part of the ageing process, can be notably challenging during menopause. This is where Health Coaches step in to provide guidance on incorporating regular strength training to counteract these changes. Strength training not only helps to delay and prevent muscle and bone loss but can also facilitate reversals, enhancing the overall quality of life during and after menopause. By placing strength training at the core of our guidance around fitness, we can promote muscle development and facilitate the storage of glucose in muscle cells rather than fat cells. Health Coaches can also offer practical support to integrate strength training into a client's daily routine, whether through home workouts, gym equipment, bodyweight exercises like pilates or yoga, or the use of resistance bands.
5. Sleep hygiene
Insomnia is a prevalent challenge that women face during the menopausal transition that can affect our overall wellbeing. The consequences of disrupted sleep can lead to issues such as inflammation, weight gain, depression, cognitive fog, weakened immunity, and a heightened risk of chronic diseases. Through personalised support, Health Coaches can advocate for essential changes, including reduced caffeine and alcohol consumption, minimising exposure to sleep-disrupting blue and red lights, resetting the circadian rhythm, optimising sleep environments, and encouraging social interactions or journalling practices.
Embracing a career as a Health Coach is not just about empowering women through life transitions like menopause but also about assisting individuals in their overall health and wellbeing journey.
Our comprehensive Level 5 Diploma in Health Coaching equips you with the knowledge and skills to support clients effectively, addressing diverse aspects of their health, from nutrition and fitness to stress management and holistic wellbeing.
As a Health Coach, you will be in a position to empower individuals of all backgrounds and life stages to thrive and embrace vitality, just as you would with women navigating the challenges of menopause.
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