Three Strategies To Get Your Life Back by Janet DaughtryMay 6th, 2009 | By Sharon Graham | Category: Wellness Coaching Guest Posts
Moving Through The Stresses Of Life
This is a guest post by Janet Daughtry of http://www.coachjanet.com
It seems these days every time you turn on the news there is something to be concerned and stressed about. If we are not concerned with our own personal stress, we are bombarded with national and global stress. We worry about the economy, the threat of terrorism or a health pandemic. All of this stress adds up over time and has a huge impact on our physical and emotional well-being. We now know that stress is a major cause of chronic illnesses. According to the National Health survey, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medications account for one fourth of all prescriptions written in the U.S. each year.
As a life coach you can have a tremendous impact on helping your clients move through the stresses of life and get their lives back. Here are three important strategies to consider:
1. Uncover the Stress Culprit. What is the cause of stress? What is stressing the person out? Seems like an obvious question but not too many people are addressing the issue. Helping your client identify where stress is coming from and their energy drainers is a huge step in helping them get their life back. Using a life balance wheel or assessment is a great place to start and gives the client and coach a chance to see very quickly what is missing or lacking and the possible stress points.
2. Turn off the bad news. Maybe turning off the news is not such a bad idea. What we focus on tends to form a belief system within us. It is those beliefs that drive our thoughts and emotions. If all we listen to is bad news then eventually our thoughts, emotions and behavior will be impacted negatively. How can you help your client turn off the bad news in their life and begin to turn on some good news? What message or messages will encourage them, feed them and empower them with the truth from God’s perspective?
3. Recapture Joy. When we become adults we become way too serious for our own good. It has been said that children laugh 400 times a day and adults only laugh 15 times a day. That is a rather sad commentary on adulthood! Helping your client intentionally recapture fun and a sense of play helps renew the joy of living once more and, more importantly, refuels them for the journey ahead. What is fun for the client? What makes them laugh? What puts a smile on their face? What lights them up? What gives them pleasure?
When a client and coach begin to strategize a plan to eliminate some stress, to focus on the positive things about their life, to recapture a sense of play and wonder in life, they mobilize a strong plan to help the client get back into the driver’s seat of their life. Being in the driver’s seat is always a great place to be when it comes to overall health and well-being.
Janet Daughtry is a Breakthrough Life and Leadership Coach, Author and Speaker specializing in helping women overcome limiting and sabotaging thinking. For more information about her coaching and latest product, 7 Keys To Unlock Your Lifes Potential, visit her website at http://www.coachjanet.com