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How coaching and wellness are intersecting

Cascades of global  economic, social, geopolitical and  climate crises continue to overwhelm 

everyday life, and in response, our focus has turned inward and become deeply personal. In 

times of fast-paced, continuous disruption and turmoil, mental health, physical well-being, and a 

general sense of wellness have become greater priorities.  Many are paying far more attention 

to the importance of preventative measures such as actively managing stress and anxiety to 

build resilience, ward off burnout and protect mental well-being.

It's   not   surprising   that   the   ever-growing   wellness   trend   is   increasingly   intersecting   with   the 

coaching profession.   Coaching is all about igniting and supporting personal transformations, 

whether  in   fields   such   as  life  coaching   or  leadership  coaching  in   the  workplace.    Lee-Ann

of Applied Psychology) says, “Coaches are specifically trained to help clients make the changes 

necessary to improve aspects of their lives, to reach goals and to develop the capacities they 

need to move forward in their personal lives, and in their careers.   They have a  unique and

varied toolbox of practices and techniques that they use to support clients as they become more 

self-aware and more mindful of others. They can help people become aware of and understand 

their habits and patterns; then, let go the ones that don’t serve them and develop new ones that 

are more supportive.  For those on the wellness and self-care path, understanding themselves, 

practicing   mindfulness   and   changing   behaviour   is   all   part   of   that   journey,   and   it   makes   difference to have an expert coach by your side.”

While  coaching  for wellness, mindfulness and self-care is  growing   area of specialisation for 

today’s newly qualified coaches, it plays a part also in most well-established coaching niches. 

For instance, an entrepreneurship coach is just as likely as a relationship coach to encounter 

the need for their clients to address their well-being. Coaches of high-performance teams or top 

corporate executives don’t overlook the impact of mindfulness and wellness on achievement in 

today’s workplaces where the demand for work-life balance is high, and employee well-being is 

more entrenched in organisational culture.

Drummond says, “This is where it gives coaches a leading edge to have an education that is 

deeply   rooted   in   Applied   Psychology.     Studying   an   accredited   qualification   that   has 

understanding human behaviour at its core enables the coach to apply psychological principles 

within the scope of practice as a coach.  With this foundation, coaches can have the in-depth 

conversations with clients that empower them to shift perspectives, create new possibilities, and 

plan and implement the changes that will bring them increased well-being in their lives.   At 

SACAP, we not only train accredited coach practitioners but offer shorter, part-time courses so 

that   managers   and   team   leaders   can   develop   their   coaching   skills   and   apply   them   in   the workplace to improve performance and employee well-being.”

The pursuit of wellness, mindfulness, and self-care is becoming fundamental across society,

and increasing the demand for coaches who can help clients make sustainable changes to

enhance their well-being so that they lead more fulfilling lives. Drummond concludes, “For

people with a passion for health and wellness, as well as a drive to help others, this opens up

opportunities for a vibrant career in coaching.”

To apply for any of the coaching programmes offered at SACAP, visit


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