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Balance - the Authentic Tea podcast with Lwin

Lwin shares how her values have shaped her career in lifestyle medicine and life coaching.

We discuss creating healthy habits, including how we can better understand our thought processes related to food, conscious eating practices and tips for quality sleep.

Lwin shares how she has found her own work-life balance and identified people around her to support her choices.

For episode 15 of the Authentic Tea podcast I chat with Lwin:

Rach (00:00):

Today, I'm excited to be joined by Lwin. Lwin is the founder of Lenita Life Coaching Lwin is combining her passion for personal development and lifestyle medicine by providing coaching to help others thrive with a thought based and value-based approach. Lwin offers individual and group-based sessions to guide personal and professional performance. Welcome. Thank you. Great to have you here today.

Lwin (00:27):

Oh yes. It's great to be here too. Thanks

Rach (00:31):

To start with today. Could you share a bit about your own journey and how you discovered coaching and when you started to realize the potential benefits of coaching, both for personal and professional well-being,

Lwin (00:46):

I was looking into lifestyle medicine as a portfolio career GP path. And when I look into lifestyle medicine I found out that, you know, I need a skill called motivational interviewing and it is a main part of like a coaching skill. And as a medic, we never have any sort of like a training or course around this motivational interviewing or coaching. So I was looking on Google and what is coaching about because I've never had a coach, I don't know anything about coaching. So I got into that, like a coaching day like a free event, so to learn more about coaching and that day was quite inspiring. So the speaker who was a well-established coach the way that they asked you a question and the way that they should use them, and an example of coaching is very empowering, you know it can make a lot of change to other people life.

Lwin (01:43):

So that's how I'm interested in coaching and then one day lead to another. So I signed up for that diploma and start studying for coaching. Yes. I mean, there are so many benefits that you can get out of coaching. It can be for both your personal development or career growth, both of them. So what the coach can do will, be like to help you facilitate in someone from where they are to where they want to be. So basically like they try to you know talk you through the journey and by helping you to understand yourself a bit more and what do you actually want in your life? So that is a very, you know empowering things to have a coach going through to you about all this process.

Rach (02:37):

And do you think that when you started this process and you decided to actually then share that with other people and now you support people to achieve their own goals, did you have people in your own life who supported you in your career change and combining the coaching with your work in clinical medicine? Were there people you could identify who are like mentors or champions and would you advise other people to find people that they can be on their own team?

Lwin (03:07):

Yes. I mean, that's a really good question because I just had a mentor before I decided to get into lifestyle medicine and my mentor is provided by the NHS mentorship program. So it is freely available and I applied for that. And of course, I choose a mentor who has a similar career path as me that I want to do. So my mentor is also a coach, lifestyle medicine doctor and GP partner. So it fits really well with what I wanted to do and we get along very well. And that's another reason why I think I was quite motivated to go farther for what I want to do because the thing that I wanted to do is a little bit different from conventional medicine. And you don't know what the career part will be, but seeing someone who's already done that in the field and who is doing well, really give you some motivation.

Lwin (04:02):

Yes. So I would say that for anyone who is looking to develop their career or try to think of a different career, the best thing won't be, find out who is out there, you know, who is in the field, who is doing well and then try to contact them and then ask for some advice or guidance or some sort of tips. And if they don't apply, don't take it personally, probably you can move on to another person and then you will gradually find someone who will be happy to give you some sort of advice and guidance.

Rach (04:39):

Great advice. And that's why it's so wonderful to have you on the podcast because by sharing your story with other people, hopefully, it will inspire people to identify and to think about how they can identify those people who will support them in their life. Was the finishing off your diploma and actually getting trained in something and achieving that certification, did that change your approach, both to how you coach your clients, but also, has it changed your approach to how you work with your patients in clinical medicine?

Lwin (05:11):

Yes, definitely. I mean, you know, I did something called Personal Performance coaching diploma and yes, part of the training part of the diploma training is like I have to coach so many people and some of them are medics. Some of them are not medics and I got loads of experience from that. And it, it is useful because when I work as a doctor in my general practice and what I do is a consultation approach and consultation approaches generally me being the expert and I'm just giving the advice to my patients. So I am the provider of the service, and of course we chat about it back and forth, and that we make the shared decision at the end. But with the coaching approach is totally different because of the clients or the people who are in front of me, they are the main focus of the conversation.

Lwin (06:10):

So usually I'll be asking more open question to try to raise their awareness and that can help them to think about the new idea. And also they will come up with their own problem-solving ideas. So they are not dependent on me. They usually work out their own way. And I think that's why coaching makes people more empowering because you give them more power to think about what they need to do and how to do things. So, yeah, definitely that really helped me also in terms of wellbeing, because most of the wellbeing things is kind of like a habit and behaviour change and you have to do all of these change by yourself. So this is why the coaching is really useful.

Rach (06:58):

And there's such an overlap isn't there between that understanding that behaviour change in clinical medicine when we're talking to people about adopting healthy habits, and then also how you change behaviours to reach for your goals and to identify your visions and your values. How do you think that your understanding of your own values have helped you to move forward? So you like to have your value