Well-being or being well – what does this mean
How do we as coaches support individuals with this? In my view, well-being isn’t just about physical and mental health, but also about realising our potential and having positive self-worth.
People I have coached have identified a wide variety of issues associated with well-being, such as loneliness, boredom, anxiety, physical fitness, depression and more.
An elderly 86 year old lady I worked with had a chronic health condition, but we discovered that the main thing she wanted to achieve was to return to a hobby of painting pottery. This goal was a very powerful hook for her to consider factors that were taking over her life. Everything was difficult to manage, the shopping, the housework, managing her medicines, getting places. She didn’t want help to manage these things, as she felt this would be a sign of failure. Changing the focus to achieve her goal allowed her to consider options she previously had closed down. She was able to overcome negative emotions and re-frame the story she was telling herself about herself.
I worked with another very anxious lady who had recently been diagnosed with a heart condition. A coaching conversation allowed her to prepare and prioritise specific concerns that she wanted to discuss with her GP. Writing bullet points on paper before the appointment allowed best use of the 10-minute appointment slot and more importantly, gave her back control.
Just about every conversation we have as coaches has some link with the well-being of the individual. I would be really interested to meet other colleagues to talk about how, together, we might make the most of our collective desire to serve the well-being of our community.