Getting Started with Health Coaching with Shelley Myers
February 16, 2019
February 16, 2019
We’re excited to introduce you to Shelley Myers, our Business Success Coach, and Functional Medicine & Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Shelley has been working in the Health and Wellness industry for 20+ years and has some amazing experience and knowledge to share on how to build a successful nutrition practice from the ground up.
Of course! In addition to being the Business Success Coach at Practice Better, I also practice Functional Medicine & Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching. I am a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA), Heart Math Institute and several other certification programs. I have been in the health and wellness field for all of my career and spent time as a cardiac nurse and also in the fields of corporate wellness and healthcare IT.
In my health coaching practice, I work with clients over time to help them understand that they are in charge of their health and are the ultimate decision makers for their health and lifestyle choices. I help empower them to talk with their health and medical providers, be curious, ask questions, be open to alternatives, and of course, how to measure and track their health metrics.
One of my main goals is to help my clients grow and evolve in their knowledge and understanding of what true health and wellbeing really are and help to motivate and empower my clients to live their healthiest life. Going back to my coaching tools such as active listening, motivational interviewing, leveraging character strengths, and positive psychology strategies have really been a cornerstone to my success as a Health Coach and my clients’ success in their health journey.
Having been a Health Coach since 2011, I’ve focused on several different areas: stress reduction and management, corporate wellness programs, and working with individuals struggling with autoimmune conditions. Over the years I have collaborated with numerous functional and integrative nutritionists and physicians, including Sue Bentsen, Kendra Whitmire, Dr. Erica Leazenby. Now, I primarily see clients virtually via tele-health through the Practice Better platform.
I have been interested in health and wellness for most of my life. I was very active growing up and was always interested in fitness and exercise. I even had a small gym in my basement as a kid and spent much time down there working out. I decided to major in exercise science as an undergraduate and spent a number of years teaching fitness classes and being a personal training at a number of gyms.
I became more and more interested in nutrition as I started experiencing my own health challenges about 10 years ago and was determined to find a better way than just taking medications which, I felt, was just a band-aid. I was determined to identify and address the root cause of my issues and help to solve them for good. A whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense, phyto-diverse diet was so important to my healing. Although healthy nutrition is a critical piece to good health, I realized there were many other components such as mindfulness, stress management, quality sleep, and time outdoors in nature that needed to be considered.
In addition to Practice Better for running my practice and keeping my clients on track, I absolutely love all things Google. G-suite — Google Docs, spreadsheets, email, calendar, forms. Because I have worked with people and teams remotely for many years, I love the real-time collaboration aspect of Google Docs. It saves so much time since I don’t need to be emailing documents, waiting to get them back to see revisions and send them off to the next person to edit. It has been a game changer for me over the last 10 years.
I also use and love Asana for project management and coordination and Trello for organizing information, project ideas, and also some project coordination. Loom is another tool that I love for doing quick and easy recordings of my screen if I want to send someone an instructional video. I’ve also used Loom to create videos for my clients to do a quick review of a resource that I’m sending them.
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outside in nature (with my two dogs) in parks or hiking and doing yoga when I’m able to get to a class. Cooking is also something that I find very relaxing and I can use my creative side when making colorful, healthy meals.
For my clients, we try to build this into their week and actually schedule the “self-care” time on their calendar. I have them think about what obstacles may come up that could prevent them from actually doing the self-care activities, and think through, ahead of time, how they will handle and overcome those obstacles so they have a plan.
I also help them to deal with the “guilt” that often accompanies practicing self-care as many people feel guilty if they’re doing things for themselves (i.e. relaxing, getting a massage, going to a yoga class) and not always focusing on everyone else in their lives. We talk through that and they ultimately realize that the better they take care of themselves and the better they feel, the more energy and focus they will have for others and the more productive and creative they can be in other areas of their lives. It’s really a win-win for everyone when you practice self-care.
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