What is Wellness? How can Wellness Coaching help me make positive changes in my life?
What is Wellness?
Wellness is one of those new generational words that can often be overused or misunderstood. In reality the concept of Wellness has different meanings for different people; the term Wellness conjures up such a range of experiences largely because it is a subjective state. Traditionally Wellness has meant the opposite of illness and the absence of disease. More recently Wellness has come to describe something over which you have personal control, Wellness is now a word used to describe living your best possible life.
Personally, my journey to Wellness started with my need to recover emotionally and physically from my Breast Cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. Over time Wellness for me came to mean not just the absence of disease but to live life well!
As Wellness Coaches, we refer to Wellness as the journey to become “The Best We Can Be”! It is important to remember that Wellness is different for everyone and only you can determine what is “Optimum” for you. Your wellness is not only related to your physical health, rather it is a combination of Physical Wellness, Spiritual Wellness, Mental Wellness and Emotional Wellness. Emotionally, Physically, Mentally and Spiritually, it is the process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a more successful existence.
To achieve Wellness involves a holistic approach. This means that attention has to be given to all areas, as every component of our life affects another. Wellness requires a “whole person” perspective that includes the myriad of choices we make every day that contribute to our feeling good or not so good! You absolutely must realize that getting well is achieved by taking personal responsibility for your life, your current situation, and your choices.
We can achieve Wellness by creating a program of choices and strategies around diet, exercise, stress management, health management and disease prevention. By planning and taking a series of steps that allow us to take control in a framework of action we can begin the journey that lead us to our desired state. Along the way we design and act on behaviours that match our goals.
Life is complex and demanding, competing priorities often mean we don’t make time to focus on what we want and/or need for ourselves physically, mentally emotionally and spiritually. Rarely do we take the time to create a plan to get there! This is where Wellness Coaching can be incredibly supportive and help you to achieve your goals.
What is Wellness Coaching?
The word Coach has been used in many ways. Its strongest associations have historically been with sport however the traditional image of a forceful, demanding leader does not accurately describe what a true coach really represents. A more relevant way to describe coaching as it is practised in Wellness Coaching would be:
A person who:
- Has expert knowledge but doesn’t impose it on the person they are coaching
- Is a role model but allows individual development of a persons strengths
- Gives choices rather than direction
- Works with rather than for
- Encourages and facilitates excellence and growth
A Wellness Coach will educate, encourage and guide their clients towards healthy behaviours and support them to take small steps in the areas of fitness, nutrition, weight management, health risk and stress management. Helping you, the client to take personal responsibility for the daily decisions that will lead you towards you goals and you longer term Vision.
Want to know more? Contact me at www.restorefitness.com.au to book your complimentary consultation and begin the journey to a life that can be a rich and wonderful experience once you achieve your optimal physical and mental state.
References: Coach yourself to Wellness, Living the Intentional Life by Fiona Cosgrove, The National Wellness Institute, The World Health Organization