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Holistic Cures for the Common Cold

The best thing you can do for the common cold is to prevent from happening in the first place. And, it starts with having a healthy immune system. So, we want to care for ourselves all the time, not just when we’re sick. What are some of the things we can do to take care of ourselves and keep our natural immune defenses prepared?
Sleep – Getting enough sleep is important because this when the body does maintenance, repair, and detoxification. Without enough sleep, your body may not be able to function at its best and your immune system may be negatively impacted.
Antioxidant Lifestyle – Live an antioxidant lifestyle! Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole food that are filled with antioxidants to boost your immune system. Think of antioxidants as the reinforcement your immune system needs to fight off foreign bodies, viruses, and infections before they really take hold.
Herbs – You can also boost your immune system with certain herbs like oregano, basil, and turmeric. You can prepare herbal teas, add them to recipes, or add in the forms of oils or supplements.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D is so important for our immune system. It’s one of the reasons why colds are more common in the winter when we’re not getting as much sunlight. While the body can naturally manufacture Vitamin D from sunlight, it may be appropriate for some people to supplement, especially in the winter months.
Sugar – It’s time to rethink our sweet tooth. Sugar weakens our immune system. Avoiding sugar, including refined carbohydrates is perhaps the # 1 way to boost your immune system.

“Live an antioxidant lifestyle! Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole food that are filled with antioxidants to boost your immune system.”

So, what should you do if you get a cold despite following all the guidelines to strengthen your immune system? Trust in your body and nourish it with the fuel it needs to get you back to feeling like yourself again. Getting enough sleep, eating whole foods full of antioxidants, and avoiding sugar are all still important; however, once a cold has taken hold, what should you do?
These natural remedies might help!
Raw Honey – Raw honey is antibacterial and antiviral. It boosts the immune system and is very soothing on your throat.
Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus oil is great for clearing nasal passages so you can breathe better and get some rest. Put it on a wet warm towel and place it on your chest for a warm aromatic wet compress or do a steam shower with the oil or over breath in the steam from boiling some water with eucalyptus oil.
Nettie Pot – Using a nettie pot can also help you clear your nasal passages. A nettie pot is a small vessel used to gently flush water through your nasal passages.
Vitamin C – Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants to support your immune system. Consider eating plenty of citrus and taking a supplement when your immune system is in overdrive such as times when you’re down with a cold.
Ginger – Ginger also helps support returning to good health from a cold. It helps clear congestion and boosts immunity. Try shredding ginger root and adding it to some hot soup or enjoy some hot ginger tea.
Broth – Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system. It contains healing compounds like collagen which heals your gut and reduces inflammation. It could even be considered a superfood! Think about making bone broth ahead of time and freezing it as it takes 24 to 72 hours to make broth from boiling.
If you love talking about wellness and natural health and sharing your tips and advice with others, then we invite you to join the conversation. Add your comments below and share this article. If people are already coming to you for advice, maybe it’s time to take the next step and become a Wellness Coach.

Love, Health and Success,


Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

6 Steps to Building Trust with your Clients


Have you ever wondered how to build trust with new clients? If you’re a coach or other practitioner who helps clients, then you know that trust is essential to helping your clients. Most people believe trust builds over time. It’s true, yet most Wellness Coaches would agree that in order for their clients to make changes, the client needs to open up about their challenges, fears, goals and successes and the sooner they do, the sooner they will see results. So how do you help your client to trust you and open up, so you can make a big breakthrough together?

Before a coach can find ways to help a client change patterns in their life, the coach needs to build a helping and caring relationship with the client in a way that the client knows that the coach cares, and understands them. Keep in mind as a coach, you may be the first person the client has met in a long time that truly listens to them without complaint and prejudice, and who can be trusted completely. Then the coach needs to build rapport so that trust can be formed. This trust leads to your client feeling comfortable and opening up about themselves.

Students of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification program go through extensive training in how to build rapport and trust when working with clients. Our students learn specific skills and tools to support their clients to create changes. At the IAWP, we teach our students our proprietary coaching method called The Core Coaching Method (CCM). Through CCM, students practice these skills with their peer coach, in coaching labs, with their own personal coach and even in their own personal lives so by the time they graduate, they are super-skilled in how to support people. All of these things help our students to be very successful in coaching their clients.

Let’s take a look at just 6 of the trust-building techniques we teach here at the IAWP so you can begin to be a better coach now. You can practice these tips with your own clients if you’re already in practice or with family members and friends, for all of you aspiring Wellness Coaches!

1. Create a Safe Space

Encourage your client to talk about themselves and what they feel. Your clients must feel safe to tell you about failures so that changes can be made that will enable them to be successful. Make sure your client knows that all information shared is kept confidential.

2. Be a Guide rather than an Expert

Avoid being the “know-it-all” and allow your client to discover what works for them. Being a guide mean means holding their hand through their own journey, rather than forcing them to do things a certain way. Share information in a way in which the client can learn new thought patterns while keeping the information at the clients’ level. Each client will be different, and you will need to know how to balance information to keep it from being either too elementary, or over the clients head.

3. Listen and Ask

Be more than just a good listener. Learn through training how to perceive and understand all aspects of communication. Improve your listening skills during coaching sessions. If you find that you are generally a talkative person, practice focusing on your breath while your client shares. If the client has trouble sharing, ask questions to get them talking rather than chattering on to fill the gap.

4. Remember, It’s Their Time

It is important for you as the coach to help your client express their feelings without delving into your own personal feelings. This is not a time for you to get into your own personal dilemmas. While sharing personal stories can be helpful, divulging personal problems should be saved for relationships outside of coaching.

5. Learn Advanced Trust Building

Building trust isn’t just about what you say. Words are important, but non-verbal cues also help to build rapport. Posture, gestures, and listening all play a role in how your client experiences you as their coach. At the IAWP, we teach our students advanced trust building techniques because we know that it’s the difference between an average coach and an excellent one. One of these techniques, Mirroring, you can start practicing now….

6. Practice the Art of Mirroring


Mirroring is the process of subtly mimicking behavior during communication. People often use mirroring without even realizing it. It’s human nature to mimic each other’s speech or physical behaviors. We often mirror one another in our most intimate relationships because it makes us feel connected. Groups of people over time begin to mirror one another without realizing it through speech and movement. Even though it’s a natural behavior, learning to develop your mirroring skills can be very valuable for building rapport with your clients. A few examples of mirroring include:

  • Standing or sitting the way your client is standing or sitting.
  • Folding your hands if your client’s hands are folded
  • Increasing/decreasing the speed of your speech
  • Repeating a phrase back to your client
  • Using the same words your client uses to describe things

Now that you’ve learned 6 trust building tips you can implement, either as a coach or an aspiring one in your own relationships, we’d love to hear from you! What tips will you try out?

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.
P.S. The IAWP Wellness Coach Certification and Training Program is Open for Enrollment! Would you like to speak to an Admissions Advisor to learn more and get all of your questions answered? Just go here to sign up for a chat.

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What’s Your Money Temperature? Take the Quiz…. all know that our average body temperature is supposed to be around 98.6 degrees…but have you ever thought of taking your Money Temperature? Your Money Temperature is the average amount of money that you are “set” to, the amount of money you feel comfortable making. Any less and you start feeling a little anxious, any more and you might feel doubtful that it’s possible for you. So, is your money temperature hot, cold or just average?
Take my Money Temperature Quiz and find out!

The Money Temperature Quiz

Step 1– Add up your monthly income for the last 12 months. If you own your own business, it may be different every month.
Step 2 – Take your total and divide it by 12 to get your average money temperature.
Step 3 – Compare your number with your goal. Most people’s number is lower than what their goal is. If that’s the case, there’s a good possibility your income will be the same now and in the future….unless…
Unless you do something different, something to drastically change where you are. It may be a change in mindset, it may be digging deeper to uncover your money blocks or things inhibiting your success, or it may be working with someone who will support you and/or your business to get to the next level.
Sometimes people get uncomfortable talking about money, but the more open you can be about it, and know what makes your temperature go up and down, the better in tune you’ll be with creating success. Sure, money isn’t the only gauge for success, but it is a form of energy that affects us every day. Why not tap into a good relationship with money so that you can work with it, rather than against it?
My own money temperature used to always be equal to or lower to what I made in my corporate job. The reason was, I had a block to being able to be successful on my own. One day I realized my Money Temperature was just a number in my head, a number set in my subconscious mind, that was delivering to me what I believed to be true about how much money I could earn as a business owner. As soon as I embraced the new money goal I had for myself, I began to find ways to get there.
How to raise you Money Temperature:

  1. First, start by choosing a new number for your money temperature, one that is just a little warmer than where you are now, but would feel comfortable to you.

  3. Then create a stretch goal, something that is even warmer, something that you would really like, but may seem too difficult or impossible.

  5. With your two new numbers, one a little warmer and one a lot warmer, ask yourself what would it take to reach each of these? Would it mean more clients, more networks, less worry, less stress, believing in yourself, more knowledge, more how-to, more support? It’s different for everyone.

  7. Start listing out your action steps to reaching your new goal and remember, getting support from a community of like-minded professionals is a sure-way to raise your money temperature fast.

  9. Take your money temperature every few months to check in with myself and set new goals.

Love, Health and Success,