A wellness coach helps their clients with the development of sustainable strategies to bring overall wellness, health, and well-being in their client’s life. A wellness coach will help a person achieve their goals by working with an individual’s strengths and values in creating plans for a long-term wellness strategy.
Working with a wellness coach should be an inspiring, empowering and motivating experience. Wellness coaching is the collaboration between the coach and the client to achieve goals. Wellness coaches provide highly personalised help.
How Can They Help?
Depending on the area of focus, and the wellness coach’s expertise and education, a wellness coach may be able to help with setting goals with clients for improved:
• nutrition counselling
• mental and emotional health
• changes in behaviour to improve a person’s overall well-being
Wellness coaches work closely with their clients often on a one-on-one basis to give them tools to achieve their personal wellness goals. Wellness coaches are also key motivators in helping their clients stay on track as they make lifestyle changes. A wellness coach should be able to provide small steps to achieve goals and provide guidance and support along the way. Wellness coaches empower their clients to reach their goals.
Mindful Based Eating
We all eat, and we all eat mindlessly at times. We might be in a hurry, socialising, or eating everything on our plate just because it’s there. Or we might be eating to handle stress, gobbling down a favourite ‘comfort’ food, but not even really tasting it after the first few bites.
Mindfulness helps connect the mind and the body, to slow down for a moment, connect with ourselves, and move from reacting to responding. Mindfulness can help bring balance into every aspect of how we eat. It involves cultivating a combination of “inner wisdom” (awareness of how our body and mind are responding), and “outer wisdom” (engaging nutrition information and recommendations to meet your own personal needs and preferences).
Mindful eating involves tuning into your own natural physical hunger signals.
What are they? How strong are they in the moment? How do you know? Or perhaps you’re confusing physical hunger with an impulse to eat because the food is there, or because you’re bored or anxious about something.
Mindful eating involves really tasting your food.
Our taste buds start to get tired after only a few bites. Why keep eating if you’re not really enjoying the food as much? So it involves connecting with your “inner gourmet”. (But note – if you need to eat past that point of optimal pleasure because that’s all you have for lunch, that’s fine!)
Mindful eating involves learning to know when you’ve had enough.
Become mindful of when your stomach is full at just the right level – that may be less if you’re about to go exercise, or more at a family celebration. And learn to tune into ‘body satiety’ – that feedback from your body that it’s taking in enough nutrients, but this may take some time while food is being digested, so it’s not as useful for knowing when to stop eating.
Mindful eating involves choosing foods wisely, both for satisfaction and for health.
Let go of the “food police” mentality, and instead engage gentle self-acceptance. You might find that a small amount of gourmet chocolate is far more satisfying than a larger amount of that candy bar you sometimes grab at the grocery store. You may find that one box of cereal calls you more loudly than another. Or one type of sandwich at the deli. Or an entrée on the menu. Balance that with any health needs for your body. Tune in mindfully – you’ll probably be more satisfied.
Mindful eating involves cultivating your “outer” wisdom about the nutritional and ‘energy’ value (aka ‘calories’) that of foods you regularly eat (and in the amounts you prefer).
Instead of being afraid and anxious about checking on ‘calories’, cultivate a selfaccepting curiousity. You might be surprised – foods you thought of as ‘fattening’ may be fine in small amounts, whereas some of those ‘healthier’ foods may add up quickly – like the bowl of granola, or that small bag of trail mix which actually contains “3 servings”. If you learn to fully ‘savor’ all foods, you may be surprised at how much easier it is to create a healthy yet satisfying balance!
Mindful eating involves knowing how to be more mindful.
We all have a capacity to be mindful, but mindfulness meditation is one of the most powerful ways to develop that capacity further and exercise it as fully as possible. Find a way to learn the basics of mindfulness meditation – and practice it as a way to give yourself balance and wisdom.
Bach Flower Remedies
Bach Flower Remedies is a safe and natural method of healing discovered by Dr. Bach from 1920 – 1930’s in England. They gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole.
The Bach Flower Remedies allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself. The Bach Flower Remedies are made from wild flowers and are safe for the whole family including pets.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life. Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures. During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Mikao Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the five prinicples of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Mikao Usui admired. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.
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