Do you coach your clients at the behavioral or nervous system levels?
If your clients are coming back to you with the same problems, you helped them with after completing your program, that most likely means you are coaching them on the behavioural level.
Eating Behavior and Nervous System Regulation
Most of your clients will come to you with the desire to “fix” their behaviour, such as overeating, binge eating or emotional eating. As coaches, we must understand that coaching their behaviours does not lead to sustainable results.
Meeting the behaviour as the problem misses the underlying reason why that behaviour exists to begin with.
Nervous System Regulation Misconceptions
As education on nervous system regulation expands, we see more coaches use those strategies as coping mechanisms vs. getting to the root cause.
It’s one thing to teach your clients nervous system regulation techniques, such as breathing exercises to cope with anxiety. Still, it’s another to do so while also understanding why the anxiety is happening.
Sustainable change comes from coaching your clients on what drives the behaviour; their thoughts, emotions and beliefs, along with nervous system regulation mechanisms.
Helping your client get to the root of their issue requires an understanding of the social conditioning factors that influence why a client thinks and behaves the way they do. It’s a process of normalizing their behaviours, and then you can work on helping them change their beliefs and thoughts.
The first step in becoming a coach that can effectively guide your clients in true transformation is by first experiencing it for yourself.
What you’ll learn listening to this episode:
- The most effective approach to coaching eating behaviors
- Why coaching directly at the behavioral level is ineffective
- Why people eat the way they eat
- My thought on morning routines…