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What does an online life coach offer?
What is an online life coach An online life coach is just a life coach that you can connect with through video call, phone call and email . A life coach is someone who can help you reach a goal or make a change in your life. When you find a life coach, they will encourage you, inspire you, and ask questions that help you to stay on track in reaching your goals. You may feel that life coaching is most effective when done in person. Most life coaches, however, believe that coaching online or over the phone can be more effective than coaching locally or face-to-face with them. A life coaches will teach you different strategies, techniques, and exercises and put them into use for your career or personal issues. They will teach you how to analyze your current situation in life and then devise actions that are suitable for the client’s goals and dreams. Life coaches are what you need if you want to be assisted through challenges that may arise on your way to your end goal. If you are looking for more specific coaching, there are different types of coaches that will help you deal with your career, emotions, and even your marriage. What Does a Life Coach Not Do? Coaches usually don’t give advice or tell you what to do. They try to help you find what feels right for you by helping you reveal the answers to yourself through discussion, suggestions, brainstorming and reflection. Life coaching sounds simple as if just fixing your life in general. However, it is so much more than that. They will guide you in determining the right solutions to overcome your problems and challenges in life. What is the difference between a life coach and therapist  Life coaching is different from counselling.  A life coach doesn\'t work within the healthcare industry and focuses on giving direction to your life path while a therapist will help you deal with the past in order to resolve emotional problems. A therapist is a healthcare professional who deals with people with mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder,  a life coach deals primarily with people who are well-functioning but aim to be even better. Another difference is that anyone can call themselves a life coach. Unlike in other fields, there are no legal restrictions on who can claim to be a life coach. To be licensed as a “psychotherapist”, instead,  you need to meet the qualifications to get licensed. When it comes to life coaching programs, there are a number of different training, educational programs, and licensing organizations. Even though the coaching industry lacks uniformity, there are several organizations that aim to regulate and certify coaches, to ensure that coaching is done both ethically and professionally, the most reputable regulatory organization is the ICF. The ICF controls training and legal professional standards. When you are looking for a coach, keep in mind that even a coach with the best training, education, and certification may be lousy, while a coach with very little training or education could be the best coach you ever had. Finding a coach who’s “certified” isn’t enough to ensure that they are really the right online life coach for you. When you first meet your coach, be sure to find out how long they have been coaching, what kind of experience they have, what their educational background is, and what qualifies them to be a life coach. What are the benefits of online life coaching? People nowadays are leaning towards hiring an online life coach because of these factors: - Freedom of choosing any life coach online: You can find the best coach for you from anywhere on the planet.. For example, Someone who speaks the same language as you or has the required skill set you are looking for or according to the amount they charge you.  - Flexibility: Using online platforms such  Zoom means that  you can meet your life coach wherever is more convenient for you, for example during lunch break. There may also be more opportunities for online life coaching sessions early or late in the day, working around work and family schedules. - Accessibility: For those who live outside a big city, it may be more challenging to find the right life coach within their geographic areas. A coach that offers virtual sessions would appeal to those in remote areas, and provide services that otherwise may be difficult to obtain. - Effectiveness: an online life coach still remains up close and personal. Most of us are currently very familiar with conversing with our colleagues , friends and family by means of Skype or Zoom thus the progress to talking with a mentor online isn’t as strange as we may think. A life coach does not lose their capacity to read non-verbal communication and outward appearances while at the same time working with a customer on the web can at present react to non-verbal prompts similarly as though they were in an office setting. What Can Life Coaching Help With? Life coaching can help with a wide range of future-oriented outcomes. These may be related to the client’s work, relationships, life/work balance, or general contentment. Specific examples of what  life coaching can improve in your life are : -Work performance in terms of better efficiency -Self-confidence -Relationships (more cooperation, less conflict, etc.) -Communication skills -Better balance of time spent at work vs. at home -Time management at home -Physical health and emotional well-being How long must I commit to working with an online life coach? Life coaching can be a long-term process but it’s also very rewarding. If you’re looking for quick and easy answers to your problems, look elsewhere. You’re ready to work with a life coach when you can commit the necessary time and resources to improve yourself, your mental health and your professional life.  Coaching, especially developmental coaching, time and effort reaps results. Most coaches ask for a three to six month commitment. Usually coaches agree to stop immediately if coaching is not working for you. What do you think? Are you ready to discover the personalised benefits you can get from working with an online life coach? Book your free discovery session an start your journey towards a better you!  
Feb 25, 2021
Self Care tips to adopt while working from home
Following very easy self care tips is key to help you find the right balance and a healthy lifestyle. And now, given the fact that many of us are working from home, it’s even more important. How do we look after our mental, emotional, and physical health while trying to manage the challenges of working remotely? What is self-care? Self-care is the practice of taking care of yourself to improve your health and wellbeing. The ways people practice self-care are different depending on the things that make you feel relaxed and refreshed to approach the current pressures of our changing lives.  Why is self-care important when working from home   Working from home, especially when unexpected, is not as easy as it sounds.  You may not have a rigid work schedule, but too much sitting and spending too much time indoors can have adverse effects on your physical and mental well-being. It can be difficult to adjust to a new routine, a new working environment or even spending more time with your partners than we’re used to. An effective self-care routine  is important for your mindset and the way you feel. With self-care tips, you can improve both your emotional well-being and be more productive while working from home  Self care tips 1.Crate a Morning Routine Whether it\'s heading out for a walk first thing or listening to relaxing music, get set for the new day by putting yourself first. Waking up a bit before you start your work will ensure you have time to get anything in the house done. Whether it\'s preparing your breakfast or popping on some laundry, use your time before work as productively as you can.  2. Have a dedicated work space and make it inviting Invest some time into creating a work setting that makes you feel comfortable and productive. If you have the space, create a small study area, with a desk and upright chair. Lighting is key to ensuring you don\'t strain your eyes, while a tidy area will help to keep your mind clear.  Also consider the decor of your home office space. Small touches like plants, pictures, and filing cabinets can help keep your work space feeling like a place you want to be, and can help you feel better while working from home. Try not to work in your bedroom — keep this for relaxing and sleeping only. 3. Set goals for the day Identifying tasks that you aim to complete during the work day can help you to stay organised and on track. Further, this can help you to avoid the temptation of multi-tasking that working from home can bring. Remember, if you were at your office, you wouldn’t be able to empty the dishwasher! There are effective digital tools and online apps out there such as note-taking service Evernote which enables you to categorise notes as well as set reminders and productivity platform Trello which enables you to manage ongoing projects and free-up mental space.  Plus, ticking tasks off at the end of the day brings a sense of achievement. Just ensure you make your goals realistic for the time you have. 4.Set a schedule and  boundaries between work and home  When you are working from home it can be easy to slip into bad habits, such as working late into the evening or not taking a lunch break. Establish a schedule and stick to it most days. To ensure you work efficiently you need to maintain a healthy balance between work and play.  Put in clear boundaries where you will be working, give yourself \'working hours\' and make sure you do something to unwind in the evenings, too. You might not be commuting into a physical office, but it\'s vital you create an environment that works for you which is separate from personal areas . 5.Make time to move during the day Most of us associate working from home with a sedentary lifestyle, which is not the healthiest way to live.  Prolonged sitting leads to poor blood flow, while regular movement helps your body maintain optimal circulation to the brain, which is linked to improved cognitive function. Also, making time for some light exercise will boost motivation levels and increase productivity. Even if it\'s a quick park run or 10-minute workout in your front room, you will find yourself with more energy throughout the day. Walking or running with your dog is an excellent way for both of you to get in some additional exercise 6.Practice mindfulness.  Many people find that mindfulness techniques help reduce their level of stress and improve their attention. From deep breathing to making sure you focus completely on just one task at a time, spend some time exploring the benefits of these techniques. Incorporate these self-care tips into your normal routine so you can continue feeling energetic and excited about your goals.  If you are really struggling and suffering with your mental health wellbeing do seek guidance from a therapist.
Feb 17, 2021
6 Homeschooling tips for parents during Covid-19
Covid-19 has changed our homes and the way we work and live and homeschooling has suddenly become the new normal for many parents As a parent at this time, it’s easy to feel that you have so many roles to fulfill that you can’t possibly perform any of them well. School has become a primary source of stress, anxiety, frustration, and deep guilt for many parents who feel they have not the right skills to teach their children. But it’s important to remind yourself that this is a unique situation, a global health emergency that none of us have had to face before.  By going easy on yourself and following a few simple homeschooling tips for maintaining a sense of balance, you can keep your stress levels in check and make each day a little easier for your family—and for yourself. 1. Create a designated learning space Homeschooling is fun, exciting, and often messy. Living and learning under the same roof can quickly lead to disorganization and chaos. To avoid confusion (and preserve your mental health), keep your children’s study materials organized and designate a specific learning area. Consider posting a printed schedule at their studying place so they always know what tasks need to get done and what goals they’re working on that day or week. 2. Set a homeschooling daily routine Make sure your child is dressed for the day and has eaten breakfast on time. This will not only instil in them a healthy daily timetable but also keep them prepared to adjust when they finally return to school. Identify set times during the day when children will work independently and other times when you will be around to supervise, guide and teach. And finally, ensure you set a clear playtime, lunchtime and ‘end of school’ time, when they can feel free to do their own thing. 3. Collaborate with other homeschoolers Connect with other homeschoolers and parents in your area or online to collaborate and share resources. This will not only make the schooling process easier on you, but it will also enrich your child’s experience and expand their educational opportunities in and out of your home. Moreover it  may help you feel less isolated as well. 4. Set goals—and celebrate their completion  Having something to look forward to can help kids stay motivated. Setting up small rewards, like watching an episode of a favorite TV show, can help them tackle that unpleasant school assignment. Get the whole family in on it. If you all set a few goals and plan breaks together, your kids will see that you’re a team. 5. Get creative with lessons  School lessons can sometimes be tedious, so it can be hard to hold children’s attention on a consistent basis. Make sure you let your child learn new things in a fun way by incorporating activities in their lessons. They can play table games that can enhance their arithmetic or language skills. You can also encourage them to try out arts and crafts to boost their imagination and creativity. 6. Give yourself a break or two Remember, we are all going through a pandemic and not a productivity contest. It is important to be kind to yourself and not beat yourself up for not doing everything perfectly. If you do not feel like teaching on certain days or if the child does not seem to be in the mood for learning, do not take it to your heart. Just remember: you’re not alone. Many parents are struggling to adjust and take on new responsibilities like teaching. For additional support during this time, consider to get in touch with a counsellor who can help you to find the right balance between parenting and homeschooling. We also recommend you a list of external resources:  Practices, resources, and articles for individuals, parents, educators, and health care professionals facing COVID-19 – Greater Good Advice for parents about talking about coronavirus with children – Unicef  A whole range of support for working parents – Working Families  
Feb 9, 2021
The importance of a healthy self esteem
What is healthy self-esteem? Self-esteem is simply how you feel about yourself and how you judge your worth. This evaluation has a deep impact on the choices you make since it determines, to a great extent, what you think you are capable and worthy of doing.   In simple words , self esteem describes how much you like yourself. Your self-esteem involves a variety of beliefs about yourself, such as how you look, how you feel and how you gauge your personal successes or failures. If you have healthy self-esteem, you are likely to feel positive about your abilities and have a constructive approach to life, in general.  The negative impact of a low self esteem  There are two types of self esteem: ‘high’ and ‘low’.  High self esteem means that you believe in yourself and know that you are a great addition to this world. Low self esteem means that you don’t believe in yourself and tend to see yourself and your life in a negative and critical way.  We all have moments where we feel less confident , but when low self-esteem becomes a long-term state of mind, it can have a negative effect on our daily lives. A low self-esteem can reduce the quality of a person’s life in many different ways, including: - Negative feelings.  The constant self-criticism can lead to feelings of sadness, shame, anxiety, fear, anger, loneliness, stress, even depression. - Struggling Relationships.  Low self-esteem may lead people to believe that they don’t deserve or can maintain a healthy relationship. The opposite is also true, some people with low self-esteem can be defensive and aggressive in their behaviour with others. - Fear of judgement. People with low self-esteem are extra sensitive to criticism, whether from others or themselves. They see it only as reinforcing their limitations and confirming that they are incapable of doing anything right. - Low resilience. A person with low self-esteem feels unable to cope with challenging events or changes in life  - Lack of self-care.  People may feel so unworthy that they neglect or abuse themselves, for example, they start drinking too much alcohol and avoid  activities of daily living, such as showering, eating, and washing one\'s clothes - Self-harming behaviours.  In severe cases of low self esteem, a person can express their distress by punishing themselves through self- injury.  How to improve your self esteem Self-esteem is a state of mind, and it can be changed. However, you can only improve your self-esteem if you’re first willing to challenge the negative feelings and judgments you have toward yourself. Making the choice to challenge your thinking may change how you think and what you do, now and in the future. Here are five ways to nourish your self-esteem when it is low: 1. Use positive affirmations  Using self-talk that is optimistic can help you foster self-compassion, embrace self-doubt, and take on new challenges. On the other hand, negative self-talk can limit your abilities and lessen your confidence by convincing your subconscious that you \"can\'t handle it\" or that something is \"too hard\" or that you \"shouldn\'t even try.\" 2. Stop Comparing Yourself Comparisons aren’t healthy. People who compared themselves to others experienced envy. And the more envy they experienced, the worse they felt about themselves. Pay attention to times when you compare your wealth, possessions, skills, achievements, and attributes. Thinking that other people are better will erode your confidence in yourself. When you notice you are drawing comparisons, remind yourself that doing so isn’t helpful. Everyone is running their own race and life isn’t a competition. 3. Practice Self-Care The more you demonstrate that you value your health, the more you develop a capacity for loving other parts of yourself. Eating healthy and exercising can increase positive thinking and help you feel more encouraged about your future. If you spend time with people who care about you, you may find that it’s easier for you to care for yourself. 4. Spend more time with supportive people If you struggle with low self-esteem, the NHS recommends spending less time with those who bring you down through their words or actions. By surrounding yourself with those who appreciate you, can see the positives in situations, and make you feel appreciated, you can begin seeing yourself (and challenging situations) in a more positive light. 5. Try something new. When you try something new, when you challenge yourself go outside of your comfort zone then your opinion of yourself goes up. You may not have done whatever you did in a spectacular or great way but you at least tried instead of sitting on your hands and doing nothing. So go outside of your comfort zone regularly. Don’t expect anything, just tell yourself that you will try something out. And then later on you can do the same thing a few more times and improve your own performance. Remember that learning being kind to yourself and increasing your sense of self-worth takes time, practice, and patience. But the more you challenge your thoughts and perspectives, the greater joy you can find in yourself and your abilities.  If you feel you are struggling with your self-esteem, working with a therapist can be a huge help. Providing an impartial sounding board, a qualified therapist can help you to navigate the complexities of understanding where your negative opinions of yourself have come from, helping you to challenge these beliefs.
Jan 26, 2021
What is emotional wellbeing?
As reported by Mental Health Foundation, emotional wellbeing is “a positive sense of wellbeing which enables an individual to be able to function in society and meet the demands of everyday life; people in good mental health have the ability to recover effectively from illness, change or misfortune.’ In other words, emotional wellbeing defines how we think, feel and connect with ourselves and other people, and how we perceive the world surrounding us. Having good emotional wellbeing influences our ability to build, develop and manage relationships. It also enables us to adapt more easily  to significant life changes, like for example, divorce, death of a loved one or loss of a job. Why is good emotional wellbeing important ? Good emotional wellbeing help people not only to stay resilient and to deal with the challenges of life but also to: - Build deeper  relationships. When you’re equipped with the skills to manage your emotions, it’s easier for you to connect with others and show more empathy and compassion. - Increase your self-esteem. Your thoughts, feelings, and experiences influence the way you feel about yourself. Good emotional health helps you see the best in yourself despite challenges. - Feel more energized. Having a positive outlook helps you focus and think more clearly, whereas poor emotional health depletes your mental resources and leads to exhaustion. How to improve emotional wellbeing? Improving your emotional wellbeing  can be a rewarding experience, benefiting all aspects of life, including boosting mood and adding to overall enjoyment of life. Here 5 tips you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing:  1. Connect with other people. Strong relationships with family and friends can allow us to share our feelings and know that we are understood. They provide an opportunity to share positive experiences, and can give us emotional support, as well as the chance to support others. Relationships help build a sense of belonging and self-worth.  2. Stay physically active: Exercise can boost blood flow and other positive nutrients to the brain, increase your levels of dopamine and generate new brain cells that can help the brain self-regulate and calm down.  3. Learn new skills. Learning can boost self-confidence and self-esteem, help build a sense of purpose, and foster connection with others. People engaged in learning report feeling better about themselves and a greater ability to cope with stress. They also feel more self confidence, hope and purpose. 4. Help others. Small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger acts – such as volunteering in your local community – can give you a sense of purpose and make you feel happier and more satisfied about life. Giving our time to others in a constructive way helps us to strengthen our relationships and build new ones. 5. Be mindful. Mindfulness is an important part of mental wellbeing; it can help us take stock of the fast-paced world around us and understand our emotions and feelings better. Practising mindfulness regularly can help reduce stress and improve mood; it can also help people to become more emotionally alert, to listen more attentively, communicate more clearly, and can increase self-awareness and the awareness of others. If you have an ongoing emotional problem or you just need support to improve your wellbeing, consider speaking with one of BAC counsellors.  
Jan 15, 2021