In my previous post, I wrote about how stress can make us very angry at times, impacting our emotional well being. As such, it may have devastating consequences on our moods as well as on our health. How do you combat it? Exercise and healthy nutrition can provide amazing beneficial effects and should not be disregarded.
I recently spoke with Lillian Gottlieb, a Certified Health Coach who explained how she helps people going through separation and divorce maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Why do people going through separation need your help?
A life-altering event, such as the end of a marriage, is a highly emotional and very stressful experience. Extreme stress can cause sleep disorders, digestive problems, lack of energy, irritability, anxiety, depression, and a host of other symptoms that can lead to chronic illness and often compromise quality of life, long after the divorce has been finalized.
Can you give us a couple of examples of topics that you discuss with people?
Depending on the client’s needs, I advise on better food choices, how to disconnect from addictive behaviors, adopt a practice of regular physical activity, of relaxation exercises, as well as notice and correct stressful self talk. I encourage clients to focus their attention on developing new healthy habits that will serve them for a lifetime, regardless of current circumstances.
How do you tailor the advice to each specific person? How do you coach your clients?
In order for me to offer meaningful advice, there first needs to be an in-depth conversation so that I understand exactly what someone is experiencing and what is most troubling them.
Coaching can be done in person, on the phone, or via Skype. Whenever possible, I try to accommodate the client’s preference.
How can you help your clients with their nutrition and exercise? Do you help them create meal plans and an exercise schedule?
I stress the importance of reading ingredient labels, because many of the additives in packaged foods also cause an increase in stress levels.
Variables such as a client’s schedule, family obligations and food preferences need to be taken into consideration, so that we can work together to create realistic and sustainable meal plans, and exercise and relaxation routines that will fit their lifestyle.
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