Coaching and Stress

In this article we’ll look at stress and how coaching can help.

Feeling stressed is part of being human. As we interact and engage with our environment, our minds and bodies are constantly assessing the risks we face in our jobs, our families, and even social events.

Some stress (known as eustress) has a positive effect, helping us to overcome challenging situations. These situations become opportunities to master something, grow mentally and even build our resilience. This type of stress is beneficial.

Distress (or “negative” stress) is more problematic – especially if we feel continually threatened, challenged or out of control. This can lead to poor health outcomes.

Knowing where you are in this balance will help you decide whether your stress is getting the better of you.

woman at desk looking stressed

Warning Signs that You’re on the Wrong Side of Stress

We often overlook the simple signs that we’re not dealing with stress well. Some of these red flags include:

  1. Sleep problems: trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep. or not feeling well rested;
  2. A change in your diet – for example, allowing cravings for sweet, salty or fatty foods to get the better of you;
  3. Feeling irritable or short-tempered;
  4. Getting colds or other infections more often;
  5. Memory issues or trouble concentrating;
  6. Increased anxiety, helplessness or feelings of depression;
  7. Increased heart rate or blood pressure; and
  8. Gut problems or digestive issues.

Any one of these signs suggests that your stress levels may be unhealthy and could escalate into something more difficult to manage.

How Stress Contributes to Illness

Stress wears your body down, eventually to the point of exhaustion. When your body can no longer keep up with the never-ending stress cycle, essential systems, organs and cells are compromised. This is when you’re most likely to develop illness and chronic disease.

These issues include:

  1. Headaches and migraines;
  2. Rheumatic arthritis and other joint and pain issues;
  3. Diabetes;
  4. High blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues;
  5. Menstrual problems;
  6. Cancers;
  7. Weakened immune system response;
  8. Gastrointestinal disorders;
  9. Skin problems, such as eczema and psoriasis;
  10. Chronic sleep issues;
  11. Weight issues; and
  12. Unhealthy behaviours, including drug and alcohol abuse.

Managing Stress

You can’t eliminate stress from your life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t manage it. And there is no shortage of ways to do this.

Some of the things you can do are obvious, like improving your diet, exercising more, cutting out harmful substances, getting enough sleep or doing more things that bring you joy. But there are less obvious options. For example:

  1. Learn to set better boundaries. That might mean saying “no” to things you find stressful or people who bring you down.
  2. Manage your day more consciously. Are you spending too much time on social media? Could you use a little more structure?
  3. Ask for help. If you’re spending a lot of time with an elderly parent, maybe another family member can share the load.
  4. Re-evaluate your goals. Maybe you’re trying to accomplish too much too fast. Slowing down a bit could give you some much-needed relief.
  5. Get some outside help, whether that’s for practical things or dealing with your emotions.

How a coach can help with stress?

Helping you find the optimal ways to manage your stress.

Having a health coach support you in your journey provides a number of benefits:

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You’re more likely to make – and stick to – the long-term behaviour changes you need to improve your health.


You have someone to support you when it may be most difficult, when you have questions, and when you’re celebrating your successes.


You have someone in your camp who’s non-judgmental to guide and motivate you in the journey you’ve chosen.


A coach can help you stay accountable to yourself and empower you to make the best choices for your health and wellbeing.

What can you expect if you work with us?

We want to make this a positive and rewarding experience for you and we’ve designed our sessions to be flexible, affordable and comfortable.

All our sessions are done virtually, making your experience convenient, flexible, and more affordable.

We start with an initial 60-minute session. This gives us time to get to know each other and allows us to start understanding your health and the challenges you face. We’ll also learn about your medical history and what has or has not worked for you.

From this starting point, we’ll help you formulate a realistic way forward and a plan that feels right for you. This plan is a starting point that gives us direction, but also a work in progress. As you understand more about yourself and the progress you’re making, you may want to make adjustments – and that’s okay.

After the initial session, you’ll be able to set up regular follow-up sessions for ongoing support and adjustments where needed. The number and duration of these sessions is flexible so that you can choose the options that work best for you.

man looking stress with hands on head

Will coaching work for me?

Our coaching will work for you if:
  • You want to be empowered to make health decisions and be actively engaged in your process.
  • You recognize that you may need to make some changes to improve your health.
  • You would like someone to help keep you accountable in a non-judgmental, supportive way.
Our coaching will not work for you if:
  • You’re looking for someone who will tell you what to do. We’ll be happy to provide information and materials, but we don’t prescribe or treat.
  • You’re not willing to invest in yourself and make a commitment to change.
  • You don’t like some structure or think goals are a waste of time.

What next?

If you think health coaching can help you, we’d love to hear from you. Please complete the form below and we’ll be in touch to see if we’re a good fit. We’ll set up a free 20-minute session so that you can get to know us and ask us questions before making any commitment.


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