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What’s Health And Wellness Got To Do With It?

In career, health, job, lifestyle, professionalism, Uncategorized, wellness on June 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm

You’re probably asking yourself, just about now, how health and wellness relates to your professional life.  After all, you’re not even in a health-related industry!

It has a lot to do with it, whether you’re in retailing, fashion, or pet care.

Although I’m now a Health Coach (www.eating4achieving.com), I spent a lot of time in the corporate world–so I know all too well about the challenges that can assault you.  Maybe you’ll add something else into the mix, whether it’s family, school, a new business.  And maybe you live in a hectic, fast-paced, urban city like New York.  Or maybe you’re switching careers and totally reinventing yourself.

The result can be an unbalanced life, with little or no attention paid to nutrition, physical activity, self-care, spirituality, creativity, or any self-awareness. And that affects all parts of your life, personal AND professional!

Health Coaching is an exciting and unique innovation in health, wellness, and nutrition.  It  focuses on prevention, education and holistic health.  I help clients achieve their wellness goals by reducing stress, increasing energy, eliminating cravings, and controlling weight, among other things.  Every client is different, so I tailor the plan to respond to each client’s needs and priorities.

How does it relate to career?  Well, in this challenging economy, you need to be at the top of your game like never before.  And that means feeling great, energetic, and enthusiastic-to have the energy to calmly and efficiently tackle projects and challenges, which will make you stand out from the competition.

“You want to be the kind of person your supervisor, clients and co-workers know they can rely on–and want to be around, “says Kristine Burke, MBA, and founder of the Castles and Crayons (www.castlesandcrayons.com) career networking group. “Skills are critical—but so is being a team player and fitting in with the company culture.”

Ask yourself:

  • How productive are you? Do you walk in the office every morning energetically, enthusiastically, ready to take on new challenges?
  •  Are you constantly fatigued or energetic?
  • Do you get headaches?
  •  How does food affect you, both physically and emotionally? Do you come back from lunch sleepy and irritable or refreshed and energetic?
  •  Do you have a major energy crash in the late afternoon?
  •  Are you able to handle challenges calmly and effectively? 
  • Do you rely on coffee or diet soda throughout the day?

As for employers,they are concerned about the bottom-line and that includes insurance premiums and claims.  Let them see a healthy, vibrant, energetic person!  But, chances are, they’ll also ask themselves this question—so keep it in mind if you’re job-seeking (or trying to stay employed):  “At the end of the day, will they make my life easier or harder?” It will be a lot easier for employers to view you in a positive light if you’re enthusiastic, strong, and vibrant.

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