"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." (World Health Org., 1948)
Health and wellness coaching is a result-oriented process designed to help individuals meeting the challenges and demands of 21st century living. Coaching helps you jump the hurdles and obstacles in your life, stay focused, develop positive mental skills for creating change, and move forward with energy and hopefulness.
Coaching is not psychotherapy. As Judy Rosemarin, a coaching teacher at New York University's Center for Career Education, says, "Psychotherapy is looking through the rear-view mirror at life, and coaching is looking through the front windshield."
A coach is someone who motivates you, provides support, identifies strengths and obstacles, and partners with you to plan creative solutions you need to reach your goals. A coach works with you through skillfully engaged "coaching sessions," using any combination of planned activities, hand-selected educational resources, and methods such as active imagery, restructuring negative beliefs, encouragement, personal development, and venting.
You can talk with your coach about whatever is needed to help you take action and produce results. You may focus on goals, strategies, and establishing boundaries; set up systems to assure that you stay motivated; strengthen other areas of your life that serve as the basis for change; develop a plan to establish the necessary support network and environment to secure your success; implement methods to avoid relapse; identify stale habits and mindsets that you must let go of so that you can excel; find new ways to create the time and energy you require; celebrate your accomplishments; and reverse your setbacks. However, keep in mind that much of your progress is measured between sessions, when you implement the actions that will most likely lead to the positive results you want.
True health – or what we commonly call "wellness" – is a dynamic state of vitality and physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It does not occur though a focus on alleviating disease, but rather occurs when you commit proactively to a focus on health and wellness. In wellness the focus is on supporting your core being and vitality. As you optimize your health and wellness, you will be better able to handle the stress of day to day living, leading to reduction in stress-related illnesses and setting the stage for healing to occur. Health and wellness coaching topics including identifying stressors, creating a complete health / wellness vision, identifying key motivators to change, identifying roadblocks to change, identifying successes, creating pathways around barriers, stress management, using adversity as an advantage, and building upon natural strengths , skills, and abilities.
Coaching is effective in this process due to its focus on both short- and long-term goals, the use of written commitments to fulfill the action plan, tracking progress and holding the client accountable to those commitments, and providing a structured and supportive environment. Individuals who benefit include those who need motivation, discipline, or accountability to meet their goals; those who need a personalized plan that meets and evolves with their unique needs; and those who want the privacy and confidentiality provided by their coach.
Your coach will form a powerful alliance with you in order to both guide and facilitate you in a dynamic process of positive change, assisting you, for example, in your efforts to lose weight, control pain, manage blood sugars, control blood pressure, and reduce stress. The ultimate result of this partnership is improved health, a boost in energy and positive outlook, and a more balanced approach to life. The main goal is typically to empower clients to facilitate their own healthy lifestyle changes through a directional, individualized, structured program that includes ongoing assessment of quantifiable goals and necessary corrective modifications to treatment.