March 2022 Newsletter 2: Well Well Wellness!

Learn how to help people achieve their goals and improve their lives with our Wellness Coaching Certificate Course

Wellness Coaching course. An excellent foundation course for those who Care about people and want to help them achieve their ambitions and potential? This Wellness Course will help you understand how to help others achieve physical and psychological wellness.

What is Wellness Coaching? Wellness Coaching, is concerned with helping people to improve all areas of their personal wellbeing. A wellness coach may help in designing coaching strategies that record any changes that the coaching has brought about.

Wellness Coaching has a broad scope: it enables coaches to help people promote wellness such as physical fitness, weight problems, stress reduction, nutrition, or general health.

Wellness Coaches work with clients to help them set goals to improve their wellness. Coaches support and guide their clients and encourage them to make changes which lead to improved health and wellbeing.

The coaching process is a joint approach where both the coach and client engage in open and honest discussions and help solve problems to help the client reach their goals.

This course has been designed to help you understand these different areas.

How does Wellness Coaching to other types of coaching?
Sometimes it would appear that the terms wellness coach, health coach, and life coach all mean the same thing. Indeed, there are many similarities but there are also some differences.

There are 6 lessons:

1. Wellness & Wellness Coaching

  • What is wellness
  • Wellness Coaching
  • Scope of Wellness Coaching
  • Health and Happiness

2. Qualities of a Wellness Coach

  • Education
  • Industry Associations
  • Personal Skills
  • Professional Development

3. Dimensions of Wellness

  • Key Dimensions
  • Secondary Dimensions
  • Stress
  • Ways to Stay Healthy

4. Coaching Clients

  • Coaching Process
  • Wellness Vision
  • Tips to help clients set goals
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Telephone or online wellness coaching
  • Asking questions

5. Maintaining Wellness

  • Habit formation
  • Ending the coaching
  • Strategies to help the client help themselves

6. Working as a wellness coach

  • Practical Issues
  • Modes of Coaching
  • Employment opportunities
  • Small business in wellness coaching
Get Crafty
The Benefits of Being Creative

Many of us are finding that we have more time on our hands, during the current pandemic-related restrictions. Sometimes, it can be tempting to default to our guilty pleasures – eating unhealthy snacks, drinking alcohol, smoking, watching too much TV or snoozing. Instead, we could be honing our skills in being creative and reaping many benefits.

Have you tried knitting a scarf? Painting a portrait of a loved one? Sketching something you can see from your window? Re-purposing an old skirt, to make something new to wear? Baking an unusual cake? Making a Scrapbook Journal of your life during the lockdown? The list of possibilities is almost endless.

This time can provide you with an opportunity in which a crafts-related hobby is definitely something that can lift your mood, create something beautiful or useful and boost self-confidence too. Here are lots of reasons why crafts can save your day!

A brush touches painted piece of paper we can't see the whole picture being painted just colours and shapes

12 Benefits of Being Crafty

1. Learning and developing a new interest can provide a productive and interesting way of filling the time previously taken up by a bad habit such as overeating or drinking.

2. Crafty projects can be very simple, especially if you choose some easy projects to start with. If you immediately think that you ‘can’t’ do something, just check out the videos on YouTube! It seems that there is a demonstration of just about every craft known to mankind. Talented people share their skills, hints and tips. All for free!

3. Crafting supports mindful meditation: the repetitive movement of the hands and the concentration on what is happening as you go can bring a sense of peace, calm – and living in the present, rather than agonising over past events and worrying about the future. Crafting can offer the sanctuary of a quiet mind away from negative thoughts

4. Occupy the mind and the hands. If you worry about problems, stitching can distract and remove you from a cycle of worry and guilt – and prevent boredom

5. Help you relax. Not just your body… your mind is rested too. Being crafty allows us to enter a state of relaxation and well-being. As you get further involved in your project, time flies by, while you are absorbed in what you are creating with your hands. You reach the so-called “steady-flow”. This is where worries are forgotten and the mind focuses on the activity of creativity.

6. Being creative can provide an alternative purpose and agenda for each day, enabling you to regain feelings of control over life – where you can make creative decisions, exercise self-control and discipline. Being crafty brings back forgotten emotions such as excitement, anticipation, fun and enjoyment.

7. Being creative can help to save money (Most craft items are cheaper than a cigarette, alcohol or sweet habit!) You can make a cake rather than buying one. Or knit gloves instead of shopping for them.

8. Trying a crafty activity can reinforce neglected skills such as planning and goal-setting – looking forward to future gains. Crafting for adults facilitates creative and decisive thinking, which will help you to make better decisions in all areas of your life. It is said to stimulate the creation of new brain connections, which can make a person smarter.

9. There is an immense sense of satisfaction that creativity brings, through the use of colour combinations and texture. When you create something in which we have invested time and dedication, you feel a sense of satisfaction and pride. When you are working on a project, you see the evolution of your creativity. As the craft takes shape and looks nearer to what you have planned, you feel excitement and anticipation.

10. Creating something can be an excellent way to express yourself. For example, if you choose and create shapes, colours, sizes and textures, you are expressing an important part of yourself, showing your aesthetic sense, and even revealing your emotions.

11. What you create could be a great gift you can make for a friend or relative. When you give something done with your hands, it always (and immediately) becomes a wonderful gift of expression of the relationship between you and that person. This is because you have put your time, care and dedication into this project. Such a gift is likely to be better appreciated and valued over one that you simply buy and give away.

12. Brings back forgotten emotions such as excitement, anticipation, fun and enjoyment.

A woman sits down knitting somthing, maybe the start of a scarf for a friend

So, what are you waiting for? – grab those needles – or paintbrushes, pencils, crayons and crochet hooks – and get crafty…

Happy crafting!

Knitting and Stitching for Self Care

In former times, knitting and sewing could be associated with being frugal and making items of clothing cheaply. While this is undoubtedly true, over recent years, knitting and stitching have become cool – with celebrities picking up their needles and singing the praises of their new pastime.

basket of different coloured wools on grass
So – why do they do it? It seems that there are many reasons to stitch, and that the benefits of knitting and sewing are now better known.

Many of us have habits that we’d like to shed. Nibbling biscuits or chocolate, nail-biting, smoking cigarettes, tippling wine. Do any of us lead perfect lives? Probably not, but stitching and knitting can help to reduce the bad habits that we think we may never break.

The Benefits

Here are just some of the benefits. Knitting and sewing can:

  • Provide a productive and interesting way of filling the time previously taken up by a bad habit such as overeating or drinking
  • Produce items in a short space of time that are beautiful, useful and something to be proud of
  • Support mindful meditation: the repetitive movement of the hands and the concentration on what is happening as you go can bring a sense of peace and calm
  • Occupy the mind and the hands. If you worry about problems, stitching can remove you from a cycle of worry and guilt and prevent boredom
  • Help both body and mind relax
  • Help us manage insomnia, anger or frustration. Issues that you may usually create unhappiness just drift away, allowing you the space to focus on the here and now – the sanctuary of a quiet mind away from negative thoughts
  • Distract from unpleasant, repetitive and intrusive thoughts, including those of lack of confidence
  • Encourage calm behaviour when cravings for our bad habits kick in, helping with anxiety and panic – encouraging positive thought cycles and improved mood
  • Provide an alternative purpose and agenda for each day, enabling you to regain feelings of control over life
  • Can help to save money – if you are trying to kick a harmful habit such as smoking, you will save on the amount used in cigarettes
  • Reinforce neglected skills such as planning and goal-setting – looking forward to future gains
  • Promotes self-control and discipline
  • Brings the satisfaction of creativity through the use of colour and texture
  • Brings back forgotten emotions such as excitement, anticipation, fun and enjoyment

stitching and embroidery

So, grab those needles and get going! What do you like to do to relax for self-care? Let us know in the comments below!

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