Research Paper By Maria Ermioni Papastefanou
(Health and Wellness Coach, GREECE)
This article aims to discuss:
a. the meaning of health and wellness and health and wellness coaching
b. stress and coaching
c. a body-mind coaching model to achieve health/wellness related goals
d. the applications of health and wellness coaching
We are living in an era where modern medicine has started looking closer into the Body-Mind connection. It is now known that our intellectual and emotional state affect our physical state and our physical state affects how we think and feel. (Dr N. Kostopoulos, MD, “Ayurvedic Approach to Psychosomatic conditions”).
People dealing with health-related issues start to realize that they cannot rely on their cure only on medical care. In order to improve their health people need to change; change their lifestyle habits, their harmful thoughts, their negative feelings. Although change may be decided instantly it is an ongoing process of transformation. This is the time when coaching can be an empowering life choice and accountability system to personal effectiveness in meeting health related goals and intentions.
B. Coaching For Health And Wellness
I. Definition Of Health And Wellness
According to World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Wikipedia defines wellness as a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being. The term has been defined by the Wisconsin-based National Wellness Institute as an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. Wellness is a view of health that emphasizes the state of the entire being and its ongoing development. The phrase can be seen as an analogue to the medical term “homeostasis“. Wellness can also be described as “the constant, conscious pursuit of living life to its fullest potential.” (Wikipedia)
The above clearly showcases that our choices and behaviors affect our health and we have the power and responsibility to change them. This principle is exhibited more clearly in the below pie chart, as provided by the American Holistic Health Association:
Factors Defining The Level of Health And Well-being
Understanding that over fifty per cent of the quality of our health depends on our choices can be an empowering realization of what we can do to attain the optimum degree of health and set health-related goals.
II. Definition and Benefits of Health and Wellness Coaching