J. Stanford said, “Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” I couldn’t agree more! I’m really excited to announce that I am currently completing training to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. I’ve been doing it for about a month now and I’m having such an amazing time.
A lot of people have preconceived notions about what a Health and Wellness Coach looks like and does. I know I did. I imagined someone really buff and tan in exercise clothes who advises people on what to eat and how to work out. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. As referenced in my program’s Coaching Psychology Manual, Tim Gallwey (2000) defines coaching as “the art of creating an environment, through conversation and a way of being, that facilitates the process by which a person can move toward desired goals in a fulfilling manner” (pg. 177). Health and wellness coaching is about facilitating a positive relationship with a client and empowering them to realize and utilize their strengths to achieve their health and wellness goals. The coach doesn’t act as an expert, but rather a partner. It is very important to note that a true Certified Health and Wellness Coach does not represent any brand or prescribe certain products.
The program I’m in, through an organization called Wellcoaches, is right up my alley. I’m loving every minute of it. The fact that it utilizes knowledge, skills, and character traits that I already possess is just a bonus. I truly believe that my purpose in life has to do with empowering and helping others…to realize their own strengths and beauty…to achieve their goals…to live more mindfully…to truly thrive.
Even though I personally struggle with health, I try very hard to live well. And, hopefully, in the future, I can help others do the same!