By Cathy Liska
What is wellness? Definitions of wellness range from being free of disease to a complete well-being physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. For complete wellness include the whole person. Consider:
- Physically: medical condition(s) at the optimum level, functionally fit, desired level of exercise, balanced nutrition, appropriate level of rest
- Mentally: ability to think clearly, process information, decide effectively, plan, intentionally focus proactively, be creative, organize
- Emotionally: self-awareness, self-actualization, emotional intelligence, relationship intelligence, manage stress, engaging in spirituality at the desired level, and a general sense of peace, contentment, or happiness
- Socially: social intelligence, desired level and number of connections, contentment with family relationships and friendships, plus a professional network and colleagues as desired
- Generally: live in a comfortable and safe place, effectively navigate the community and political environment, satisfied with career and income
What is coaching?
The International Coach Federation defines coaching as: “Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
What is wellness coaching?
Wellness Coaching involves a trained coach serving a client by empowering them through a process wherein the client chooses their objectives, strategies, action plan, and accountability. Wellness Coaching is an opportunity to define desired wellness, plan and implement strategies, and have an accountability partner in service of creating desired, meaningful change.