Every day we greet people and ask them how they are, but what does that really mean? Health and well-being are complex concepts that exist on a continuum ranging from Illness-Wellness. In other words, health does not just represent the absence of illness, but is a continual desire to attain a full and meaningful life (Arloski, 2014). With the current pandemic of the Coronavirus, we are confronted with a “new normal” in terms of threats to our health, safety, and ability to cope with uncertainty. Our physical, psychological and emotional well-being is being put to the test as we navigate through this unchartered territory.
This is also an opportune time to re-examine our priorities and plan for the immediate future. At different points in our lives we are satisfied in certain areas but become frustrated with aspects we perceive as unable to change. Instead of dwelling on feelings of lack of control, we can concentrate on areas that we are able to improve upon. This process takes commitment, responsibility and a great deal of soul-searching. It’s not a simple task to resolve or remedy these situations alone, and friends and family members may not provide the proper assistance or support. Reaching out to a professional coach who has the expertise and essential tools is the key to unlocking your potential!
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Wellness Coaching vs. Health Coaching
The advantages of working with a coach aren’t always considered, particularly when you’re feeling stuck or unable to move forward. There is also some confusion about the distinctions between Health Coaching and Wellness Coaching. A wellness coach takes a whole-person approach to help clients develop awareness, elicit strategies, and facilitate self-discovery in all areas of personal wellbeing. This collaborative partnership explores and addresses performance goals, learning goals, and fulfillment goals in a supportive atmosphere. By following the model of the Six Dimensions of Wellness encompassing physical, spiritual, emotional, occupational, social, and intellectual aspects, personal growth and fulfillment can be achieved (Arloski, 2014). In contrast, a health coach focuses primarily on assisting clients to change behavior, engage in more physical activity, and adopt healthy lifestyles and eating habits.
Six Dimensions of Wellness
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Research on Life Satisfaction
If your goals, challenges, and struggles extend beyond nutrition and fitness, a holistic approach with a wellness coach may be just what you’re looking for. A recent study in the United Kingdom found that over 40% of people were dissatisfied with their lives and 69% felt trapped in their daily routine (The Telegraph, 2015). Similar results were found from research in the United States. On a scale from 1 to 3, where 1 represents “not too happy” and 3 means “very happy,” Americans averaged a rating of only 2.18. This represents a marked decline from a survey of happiness conducted in the early 1990s, demonstrating greater than a 50% increase in unhappiness in recent years (Los Angeles Times, 2019). Although these are grim statistics, incremental positive lifestyle modifications can lead to significant improvements in happiness and overall outlook on life.
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What Can Wellness Coaching Accomplish?
If you are unsure about whether wellness coaching is right for you, these questions may provide some guidance and food for thought:
- Do you want to make positive changes to your health and lifestyle but uncertain about where to begin?
- Do you find yourself focused on trying to be perfect in all aspects of your life?
- Do you find it difficult to relax and devote time to activities that you enjoy?
- Do your relationships with friends and family bring you fulfillment?
- Do you feel energized and motivated in your everyday life?
- Are you satisfied with your current career and ability to reach your goals and aspirations?
If any of these questions ring true, it’s time to “get up off the couch” and make a change! We all have a passion and purpose in life but this is not necessarily easy to identify. The first step is increasing self-awareness to obtain a clearer view of “The Big Picture.” Wellness coaches serve to build an equal alliance with clients and provide guidance for realizing visions and desires. Living the best life possible is an attainable state-of-being. These coaching sessions can be accomplished face-to-face, over the phone, virtually, or by e-mail, so there is great flexibility to accommodate your preferences and schedule. If you think the time and effort isn’t worth it …think again. Keep in mind that the best project you’ll ever work on is YOU!!