Professional coaches have long been recognized for their skills in helping athletes and executives perform at their best. When we hear the word “coach” we typically think of the head of an athletic team (“Put me in coach! I’m ready to play!). You may have also heard of an “executive coach” who helps business professionals enhance their performance at work. Now professional wellness coaches are helping people reach their best in their health and well-being, especially in key areas of wellness such as fitness, nutrition, weight management, stress management, and life satisfaction.
The process of wellness coaching progresses through several stages:
- You provide background information through a well-being assessment so that you and your coach are well-informed on your key issues and any medical considerations.
- During your first 60-90 minute coaching session, you identify your priorities and develop a personal wellness plan.
- You follow up in regular coaching sessions to review your progress, explore and resolve the pressing issues and obstacles, learn something new, and then agree on how you will move forward.
By the end of three months, many people reach more than 70% of their three-month goals and feel energized and confident to embark on new areas with or without their coach.
How It Works
Coaching is a collaborative and co-creative process that helps you reach your goals. That means you and your coach are partners in defining your vision, and designing and navigating the journey to get there.
Wellness coaches are trained in coaching psychology to help clients develop and implement personal wellness plans by:
- accepting and meeting us where we are today
- asking us to take charge
- guiding us in doing the mindful thinking and doing work that builds confidence
- helping us define a higher purpose for wellness and uncover our natural impulse to be well
- helping us tap into our innate fighting spirit
- addressing mental and physical health together
- helping us draw a personal wellness blueprint
- helping us set realistic goals; small victories lay the foundation for self-efficacy
- harnessing the strengths we need to overcome our obstacles
- helping us view obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow
- helping us build a support team
- inspiring and challenging us to go beyond what we would do alone
What is Wellness?
Wellness is optimal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. People seek out wellness coaches to help them get to a higher level of health and wellness. Here are some examples of what that might mean:
- My ideal life balance
- Calm and balanced under stress
- Positive & optimistic state of mind
- Fully engaged & satisfied with life
- Fit & strong
- At my ideal weight
- Healthy eating
- High energy
- Robust health
A Quick Video
I hope that gives you a good picture of Wellness Coaching. If you’re still wondering about how it works, watch this quick, entertaining video titled “How Coaching Works” by WellCoaches Corporation.