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Achieving Work-Life Balance: How Stress Coaching Holds the Key

July 24, 2023

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I’m April Likins

Hey friend! If we haven't met, I am a board-certified health coach and stress relief expert who helps leaders and high achievers go from exhausted, and fried... to flourishing in all areas of their lives. Are you stressed or burned out? Here's how I can support you  Read more.

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Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed in your daily life, or struggling to navigate everything on your plate? If so, you’re not alone, and you might stress management coaching. 

Stress is something we all have to deal with. However, it’s not always easy to manage. 

Stress, unfortunately, is an unavoidable part of life. From never-ending to-do lists, lengthy meetings, deadlines, and high-pressure jobs, to difficulties at home, unexpected events, or a loved one with health challenges. 

Life can hit unexpectedly and leave you struggling to cope. 

However, you can learn simple ways to manage stress so it doesn’t adversely affect your health and well-being, or derail your career. 

Learning healthy ways to manage stress is vital for your overall health and well-being and for preventing burnout.  

One of the first steps in stress management coaching is identifying the types of stress you are experiencing and any hidden stressors that may be contributing. 

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about stress coaching. 

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their growth.”

– John Whitmore

What is Stress Management Coaching?

Stress management coaching helps people learn how to better manage their stress by changing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so that stress doesn’t derail their life, and they can learn how to achieve a healthier work life balance. 

What Does a Stress Coach Do?

Certified stress management coaches use positive psychology and a client-first approach to help clients uncover hidden stressors, reduce stress, learn new relaxation strategies, and make healthy lifestyle changes. True coaching is a partnership between the coach and the client. 

A stress coach will help you develop strategies and tools for managing stressful situations when they arise. 

Stress management techniques can include:

  • How to improve work life balance
  • Identifying sources of stress in your life so that you can avoid them or deal with them better when they arise.
  • Developing stress management strategies for dealing with difficult people or situations. 
  • Learning simple techniques for relaxation, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises.
  • How to create healthier boundaries with work. 
  • How to prioritize self-care without guilt.
  • Learning mindset shifts to increase your resilience. 
  • Improving your sleep and energy levels. 
  • Learning how to focus on your values and priorities.
  • Identifying how habits like workaholism, perfectionism, and people-pleasing can contribute to overwhelm and burnout. 
  • Learning practical strategies to recover from burnout. 

How Stress Affects Health

Stress can add up over time, affecting your ability to cope. Left unchecked, chronic stress can negatively affect your mental and physical health, as well as your longevity. 

Chronic stress can lead to:

  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Sleep issues or insomnia
  • Digestive issues or IBS
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Tension, neck, and back pain
  • Poor immunity
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Heart disease
  • Increased cravings
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Accelerated aging
  • Decreased brain function and memory
  • Hormone disruption
  • Decreased longevity
  • Decreased productivity
  • Deteriorating relationships

What Can Working With a Stress Coach Help Me Improve?

Stress coaches help you learn new stress management techniques for coping with stressful situations and challenging emotions. They also help you develop new ways of thinking about stress that can reduce its negative impact on your life. 

Stress management coaching is also helpful for anyone who wants to improve their resilience, better manage their energy levels, and improve their sleep and performance.

Do I Need a Stress Coach?

Life sometimes feels chaotic and out of control. It is common for professionals, leaders, and entrepreneurs to experience a mix of high-level demands and high stress with success. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed and having trouble navigating stressful situations and would like to learn better skills for coping, stress coaching might be a great option for you. 

Working with a stress coach is like working with a supportive guide who will partner with you to regain control and find healthier coping methods. 

Stress management coaching isn’t just for people who feel overwhelmed or stressed but also for those who want to find a healthier work-life balance, bounce back from life’s challenges, increase their energy levels, perform better at work, and improve their overall health. 

What Kind of Results Can I Expect With Stress Coaching? 

There’s no one-size-fits-all in life, and coaching is no different. 

Everyone has various needs and challenges, so it depends on what you want to achieve with stress relief coaching and if you are willing to do the work and try new things. 

Stress coaching clients often experience:

  • Lowered stress levels
  • Increased resilience
  • Increased confidence
  • Better sleep
  • Improved work-life balance
  • Improved relationships
  • Stronger boundaries 
  • Healthier mindsets
  • More happiness and joy
  • A deeper sense of purpose 
  • Clarity on priorities and passions
  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Clarity on how to better navigate stressful events

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Working With a Stress Coach vs. a Counselor

Coaching and therapy are similar in providing a safe space for you to feel seen and heard, and both utilize techniques like active listening, positive psychology, and a client-centered approach. Unlike working with a fitness coach or personal trainer, you are in complete control and in the driver’s seat of exactly where you want to go to improve your well-being. 

Think of therapy as the “why” behind challenges, whereas stress coaching is the practical “roadmap and plan” for overcoming them. 

Therapists provide mental health services and treatment for diagnoses like anxiety and depression, whereas health coaches do not. 

While stress coaching is not a substitute for therapy, they can work well together. Coaching differs from therapy but can be just as effective, especially when dealing with long-term stress or difficult situations. 

Health coaches can work with clients anywhere; whereas therapists are often limited to working with clients only in the state they are licensed. 

It may only take a few weeks or months to begin working with a stress coach. The pandemic worsened the mental health epidemic creating a backlog and shortage of therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Current wait times to see a qualified therapist or psychologist have been six months, up to a year. 

“Coaching is the act of guiding change.”

– Precision Nutrition

How Is Stress Coaching Different Than Working With a Functional or Integrative Practioner?

Stress coaching is focused primarily on collaborative habit and behavior change. Unlike Functional or Integrative Medicine, coaches do not diagnose, treat, prescribe, or advise clients on supplements or medications as it is outside their scope of practice. 

Unlike registered dieticians or nutritionists, board-certified health coaches do not provide or prescribe nutrition or personalized meal plans because this is outside a coach’s scope of practice. 

What Will I Learn With Stress Management Coaching?

Stress management coaching can help you identify your stress triggers, develop new strategies for managing them, and learn to recognize when you feel overwhelmed or under pressure. You may also learn well-researched and science-backed tools, tips, and quick exercises to reduce stress and feel more relaxed in your everyday life.

Can Stress Coaching Help Improve Resilience?

Yes. Some people are naturally more resilient than others, and the good news for those who aren’t is that anyone can learn how to be more resilient. 

Resilience is the ability to cope with difficult situations, bounce back after setbacks and overcome adversity. It’s a skill that can be refined and developed through stress coaching.

How Long Does it Take to See Results From Stress Coaching?

The results of stress coaching can vary from person to person. 

Most people see an improvement in their stress levels within a few weeks to a few months.

Making lasting change is difficult for all of us, and neuroscience has shown that it takes sixty to ninety days to create new habits that “stick.” So it’s important to remember that stress coaching is a process –one that involves introspection and self-discovery. 

If you keep an open mind and are willing to try new things, you’ll see results along the way, but you’ll also need to keep working on your goals for them to last. The important thing is that your stress coach will help you work on your goals, keep you accountable, and encourage you along the way. 

How Stress Coaching Can Help in the Workplace

Stress coaching can help employees in the workplace by giving them the tools and strategies to better manage and cope with stress at work or home. Coaching can help employees and teams perform better, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity. 

Interested in stress relief training for your team or organization?

Click here to fill out my webinar request form. 

How to Find the Right Stress Coach?

There are many different types of coaches, and it can be challenging to find the right one. It’s essential to choose someone who is board certified, specializes in stress coaching, and has experience working with people in managing stress or burnout. 

Look for a coach who you naturally connect with who will take the time to get to know you as a person and help you develop an individualized stress management plan that works best for your life and situation.

It’s also important to consider the following: 

  • What qualifications does the stress coach have?
  • How experienced is the coach? 
  • Do they have solid reviews and testimonials?
  • Do I feel comfortable talking to them about my situation and challenges? 

How April Likins Can Help As a Top Stress Coach

As a board-certified health coach and expert stress relief coach, I have extensive training and certification in stress management, building resilience, and how to get better sleep. I am also triple-trained with health coaching certifications from Duke Integrative Medicine, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and Precision Nutrition. 

As an entrepreneur, I have struggled with chronic stress and burnout, so I understand the unique challenges that leaders and high achievers face in balancing a successful career with life. My stress management program is based on my collective stress, burnout, and resilience certifications to help you better navigate stress, improve overall well-being and find a healthier work-life balance so you can thrive in all areas of your life. 

I have helped hundreds of people like you harness stress management’s power to live their best, most productive lives.

No matter where you are in the process, the sooner you start taking action towards better managing your life and your stress, the sooner you will see results — and relief.

Learn more about my qualifications and certifications here.

Read my client testimonials and reviews here.

Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed and stressed? 

The bottom line is you don’t have to suffer from overwhelm and burnout alone. I can show you the framework for how to reclaim your inner calm and peace. 

I’d love to connect!

Learn more about working with me with private stress coaching here.

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