STRESS. ALLY OR ENEMY?
Stress is a natural, healthy reaction which is triggered when we are confronted with something threatening, such as an accident or a robbery. Then, hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are secreted, the pupils dilate and we present with tachycardia. This is the well-known "fight or flight" fear response. This reaction motivates us to deal with the risk effectively.
Many of us are in a constant "fight-flight" response. Modern life has brought upon many new stressors. Over-working, over-exercising, financial struggles, insufficient sleep and excessive exposure to monitors can cause chronic high levels of cortisol in the body. Hormonal imbalances from chronic stress can have devastating effects on our body. They increase appetite and therefore weight levels, cause insomnia, digestive and intestinal disorders, increase our susceptibility to disease, cause depression and can lead to burn-out and increased glucose and blood pressure levels; they also affect the reproductive system etc.
As chronic stress increases and takes its place in our lives, we become prone to chronic diseases.
PERSONAL PLAN | PERSONAL OBJECTIVES
Health Coaching will help you set priorities and get organized so that your lifestyle does not work against you, but in your favor. Concentrate on what is important and stay focused on your daily goals.
It will help you develop your positivity. Make positive statements about your desires and goals. Focus on your strengths and what you can do, not your weaknesses. It will encourage you to build your confidence and stay motivated.
During the Health Coaching sessions:
You identify your chronic behaviors. Your stress may be related to chronic behaviors such as exhausting workouts, alcohol abuse, smoking, or emotional eating. A Health Coach can help you trace and improve these behaviors, set goals, and reduce stress.
You acquire Mindfulness. Entering the Health Coaching process will definitely increase the level of your mindfulness, as you will become aware of your behaviors and start contemplating about what works or not for you.
You learn. Training and knowledge are the first steps to managing one’s health.
You share. Sometimes there is nothing more comforting than talking to someone. Either just by talking about our day or our health goal. Talking often relieves us. We see things from a different perspective, more clearly.