The Misunderstood term 'wellness coach'
What does a 360 wellness coach actually do?
What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘wellness coaching’? When I google, what does a wellness coach do, the answers vary between coaching for health to taking an integrated approach to coaching for health and lifestyle change. I find these definitions and the meaning we make of the term ‘Wellness coaching’ doesn’t truly reflect the outcomes one can get from wellness coaching. Hence my decision to write this blog.
I am sharing below a scenario, one that we can all relate to well.
Work is stressing you out, as a result you are working long hours and are demotivated. You come home tired emotionally, physically and mentally, which means you probably have improper eating habits. No energy for a workout and possibly a feeble attempt at fulfilling your family responsibility. This tells your body in different ways. It could be gaining a few pounds, or erratic and restless sleep patterns, or your skin and hair is dry, or you don’t have the energy to keep up with day leave alone the demands of the day.
A typical executive coach would work at ‘what is stressing you out at work’, a typical health coach will work with you on your diet and physical activity.
So what is wellness coaching truly?
A true wellness coach will work with you integrating stress, diet, physical health and more; integrating the wellness of your mind, body and soul.
We are COMPLEX beings and tend to underestimate the interplay between different elements of our lives - different elements like the relationship between our food, work, relationships (work and social), our body, spirituality, water and so on.
On the surface / external level: Our body for example, reflects to us our physical appearance, the body image we carry, the mechanics of our body, ease of movement, bodily sensations we feel. So, if you have a few extra pounds on you, how do you feel about yourself? What are some of the thoughts that go through your mind? Your answers could range from, I don’t look so good, I have a few aches and pains, I feel lethargic, I tire easily, I don’t have the energy, my skin is too dry, I have stress wrinkles and so on.
On an internal level, our body is a medium that is always trying to send us a message. We put on weight because our body is trying to tell us something. So what is our body telling us? It could be that we need to slow down or love ourselves or eat better or we are out of alignment. More often than not, we DON’T listen to our bodies and continue pushing harder to FINISH WORK, or keep eating ‘Comfort food’ or go on harsh diets, or make our days busier with heavy exercise routines pushing our bodies into higher levels of imbalance.
There is yet another level, the symbolic level – what’s the message behind the weight? And there is always one. One that we don’t have the time to dive into with our already busy lives. If you allow yourself to think about it hard enough it will lead to answering a question - what are we resisting?
Helping you gain this deep level of understanding and arriving at true authentic answers for yourself is what a 360 wellness coach does.
“When we give them enough sleep, exercise, healthy food and positive, peaceful loving thoughts we are more likely to be in harmony with our highest aspirations. Our body is our refuge and medium through which our unique message can be channeled. The more we honour our bodies the better able they are to help us with our true work.
How you treat your body reflects how you treat the world around you. Today return to your spiritual practice by remembering that your body is a sacred temple. Sweep out the cobwebs of negative thought. Wash the windows so light can shine through. Bring a flowering thought to the altar of your soul, let a prayer sit on your lips. Wear a beautiful garden of clothes that make you feel good and remind you of your natural beauty, Light the candle in your heart to illuminate your life’s purpose and recognize the lit candles in the hearts of others. In that place of gratitude, we are able to experience the blessings in our own lives and therefore the grace that lives in the world.” – Written by D Koptyra