Preparing for Winter: COACH

This is the third in the series of new blogs that the British School of Coaching has started that focus on different aspects of wellbeing for both coaches and their clients. BSC already hosts an endorsed Wellbeing Coaching qualification. This course provides an opportunity to understanding wellbeing rather than being seen simply as physical health. In addition there is a one day course to increase the understanding of mindfulness as well an opportunity to try out mindfulness techniques.

This wellness blog has been developed in response to extending the dialogue with coaches, as a way to support coaches to consider their own wellness as well as that of their clients. It isn’t prescriptive, but a mechanism to keep a live debate going as well as caring for the coaching community. Please join in this dialogue through Twitter (@bsc4coaching) using the hashtag- #BSCWellbeing

Available on the British School of Coaching website, the blog is based on five tips for maintaining wellbeing, for all coaches to contribute to.  Using COACH acronym as our framework the blog will be structured in the following headings of:

1. Care
2. Opportunities
3. Action and awareness raising
4. Conversations and feedback
5. Health

Appreciating the environment around us

October is the International Walk to School Month for Primary Schools as well as International School Library Month. Over 40 countries are taking part. For further information please see here.

Perhaps you could have a competition to what you see on the way to school. Below is a flower I particularly liked and took a photo of on a recent walk. Hope you like it too!

Please tweet us your photographs and use the hashtag- #BSCWellbeing so we can re-tweet them.

1.    Care

This section will cover suggested tips for coaches to share with each other how they care for themselves and clients.

The autumn harvests provide a wealth of different vegetables that can be stored and eaten through the winter months.

For this blog the tip is about the benefits of a vegetarian diet to mark World Vegetarian Day that is celebrated annually on 1st October. World Vegetarian Day was founded in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society. Its purpose is to draw global attention to the health and environmental benefits of vegetarianism and on the ethics of following a vegetarian lifestyle.

A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine looked at data from seven clinical studies and 32 other studies published between 1900 and 2013 where participants kept a vegetarian diet and found that vegetarians have lower blood pressure compared to people who eat meat. Other studies suggest a lower incidence of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

It is also important to note that the main documented disadvantage of a vegetarian diet relate to not eating a balanced diet.

As always health and lifestyle choices are personal. This blog provides ‘food for thought’.

2.    Opportunities

Training to be a coach is a journey of increases self -awareness. For wellbeing coaches it also about increasing self-awareness about wellness and prevention. Amongst the national campaigns this month there is a focus on Breast Cancer with national campaign running a fund raising event on 14th October 2016.

3.    Action and awareness raising

October is National Home Security Month which serves as a reminder to coaches about ensuring their coaching environment is secure particularly for those of us who coach in the evenings.

National statistics show there is a 20% increase in home burglaries happening during the darker months of the year.

Don’t Forget  – The clocks Go Back in the UK on Sunday 30th October 2016.

For further information please see the national Locksmiths and business security. Stay Safe in the darker months!

4.    Conversations and feedback

This section is for coaches to provide their hints and tips for maintaining wellness as well as share experiences that may also be used in coaching network supervision session. If you have any models or thoughts you would like to share in this blog please email them to:

5. Health

Spotlight on Mindfulness

World Mental Health Day (10th October) has once again highlighted the importance of building a better understanding of our mental health and wellbeing.

Mindfulness can be defined as moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, characterised mainly by “acceptance” – attention to thoughts and feelings without judging whether they are right or wrong.

The benefits of mindfulness have again been questioned in the media in recent weeks. An academic paper written by Dr Jonathan Passmore called ‘The role of mindfulness in coaching’ explores the concept of mindfulness as a tool for helping both coaches and coachees.  In this article he argues that coaching practice of the coach can be enhanced through using mindfulness as a preparation tool. He also highlights research evidence on mindfulness impact in managing stress and contributing towards improved performance, concluding with a discussion about the benefits for coachees too. Please see the full article here.

Sally Bell
Sally Bell, Business and Wellbeing Coach

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