Wellness is much more than merely physical health,
exercise or nutrition. It is the full integration of states of physical,
mental, social, emotional, environmental, occupational,
financial and spiritual well-being.
Companies are looking for ways to help their employees be
less stressed, adapte to change and healthy so leading to
higher engagement and higher productivity.
Employers have figured out the connection between healthy
employees and company success, opening the way for wellness
coachesto step in.
The coaching emphasizes cognitive and behavioral processes depending
on the employee’s stage of readiness for change. Cognitive processes
include increasingknowledge, comprehending the benefits of behavior
change, warning of the risks and consequences of not changing, and
empowering the participant to take action based on internal motivation.
Behavioral processes include counter-conditioning (substituting a positive
behavior for a negative one, such as taking a walk when feeling stressed instead
of eating), enlisting social support, using rewards, controlling stimuli and