Friday, 12 August 2011

Health and Well-Being Coaching

Are you happy with your weight, health and well-being?

I think you will agree that when it comes to change these are ones which a lot of people can relate to and are some of the hardest things to manage cognitively.

A coaching session with a client this week prompted me to write this blog and hopefully help you as well.

I think examining your current reality in the following 5 key areas can help you gain a massive insight into improving your health and well-being.
  1. How uncomfortable are you with your current health and well-being?
    Psychological and change research tells us that the more uncomfortable we are with our current reality the more likely we are to change it and take action.

  2. Do you have a key driver for improving your health and well-being?
    Research shows that if you have a key driver for losing weight you are more likely to achieve your goal.

    One of the most common is in preparation for a significant event such as a wedding or holiday.
  3. Do you have rules and beliefs about the world and yourself that impact your health and well-being such as 'I deserve a treat a day', 'I will always be fat' or 'I don't do exercise'? These rules and beliefs are often not talked about and lie deep within your subconscious mind.

    Sometimes they can be quite sinister such as 'you will never be able to cope without [insert favourite 'sinning' food]'.

    Often rules and beliefs are developed in childhood and are very ingrained by adulthood making them difficult to change.

    Have you also noticed that most socialising is centred on eating and drinking? The comfort hungry emotional mind tells us 'why should you miss out?'

    Of course we do not have to copy these choices and we do need to be mindful of what we really want.

    You know that when it comes to being healthy and well and achieving a healthy weight we need to eat less and do more.

  4. Mindfulness When you are eating really focus on what you are doing free of common distractions such as TV, reading, even talking.

    Also get into the habit of asking yourself 'how will I feel when I have eaten this?'

  5. Movement
    Discover moving activities that you find fun and 'just do it'. Aim to incorporate movement into your daily life rather than seeing exercise as a formal separate activity such as going to the gym.

    Could you walk/cycle part of your way to work, go for a walk at lunch time or do some sit ups whilst watching the news before supper?

We have nothing without our health and well-being and it's therefore top of the list in terms of what is important in your life.

If you want to improve your health and well-being and other aspects of your life through personal coaching please visit our website at West of England Coaching and Counselling.

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