Are you thriving in your life? Thriving is all about growth, flourishing and prospering. The spring season reminds us of how nature thrives. However, when I look around most humans are not “thriving”.
Research on well-being concludes that only about 20% of adults have a strong sense of purpose and are fully satisfied with their lives. Less than 10% strongly believe their lives are ideal and most people are stressed out and burned out. Unfortunately, all of this stress harms biological function and increases susceptibility to chronic diseases.
To make matters worse, most people feel too depleted, mentally and physically, to create a healthy way of life that would make them feel better. A whopping less than 5% of adults engage in the health behaviors that actually prevent diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
People are not exercising regularly, maintaining healthy weight or enjoying plentiful fruits and veggies. Not only do people feel lousy physically and emotionally, but they are also dealing with chronic diseases that cost them financially.
While your doctor wants you to thrive, sadly they don’t have time to help you, other than to prescribe medicine and send you on your way, leaving you to figure out how to do it all by yourself. We know that there are other dedicated professionals who are well-trained to zoom in on one area such as fitness, nutrition, or emotional health. However, you are navigating the complex web of your life and now you are in pursuit of good health goals too. Who do you turn to when you feel overwhelmed by it all?
You cannot solve your problems with the same level of thiking that created them.
We also can’t improve health very well when we are in a stressed-out state. Instead, cultivating a thriving mind is necessary to attain a healthy body. Combining a whole-life focus with scientifically validated techniques to change your mind is the work of a well-trained health and wellness coach. Their work is now backed by more than 200 scientific studies.
In 2017, the ICHWC (The International Consortium of Health & Wellness Coaching) consulted widely, developed a broad consensus, created national standards, and formed a partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners in May 2016 to launch the program and certification in this exciting and growing field.
Here are some tactics to use to get you thriving:
Imagine a life of thriving
A first coaching step is to envision yourself engaged in a life of thriving. A personal vision is like setting a compass. It sets the direction and purpose for your mind-changing adventure. Perhaps you imagine a day where you are calm and energized, enjoying instead of dreading the overflow of work projects, while attending beautifully and creatively to one task at a time.
You are no longer feeling stuck in a chronic state of criticism or self doubt and are feeling grateful for what is good and what you have. Making time most days for physical activity feels good, and you are cooking and savoring delicious and healthy meals with your loved ones on most evenings.
Stretch your mind
The heart of a good coaching session is the mind-stretching part. It’s a creative process whereby your coach helps you experience an insight, or an “aha moment.” It could be a shift in perspective or discovery of a blind spot. Over time these small shifts add up to a whole new mindset, and you outgrow your old one.
The brain can grow new pathways, in fact about 1 millimeter a day. Over time those pathways enable new habits that make a big difference. Think about it, exercise calms you down. Good food energizes your brain. Now you can focus without distraction and you see more good than bad in yourself and others. Careful now, you might find out that your life is thriving!
While your mind stretches, so do your capacities. Your new neural pathways allow you to become more creative. You will find strengths and resources that were previously underemployed. You can now leverage positive feelings to balance your stress and and get more done, more quickly, and with more enjoyment.
Learn to coach yourself
What you learn from a wellness coach is how to coach yourself. You learn how to become a personal visionary. The most effective mix of your personal habits will help to develop your vision. Then, small daily experiments will lead you to discover your own personal formula. You will learn how to change your own mind, 1 millimeter at a time.
Now is the right time to engage a wellness coach to help boost you from merely surviving to a life of thriving. The cost is similar to a personal fitness trainer or nutritionist, many of whom also offer wellness coaching. Ask if your employer offers health and wellness coaching services.
If not now, when? Go for now. You will only regret it, if you never try.
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