3 Reasons to Consider Mental Health Coaching

3 Reasons to Consider Mental Health Coaching

Studies conducted by the International Coaching Federation on the effectiveness of life coaching showed that 99% of the people they interviewed saw their experience working with a life coach as rewarding, while 96% said working with a life coach helped them improve their performance at work and 80% said that it helped improved their self esteem.

It appears that we are more comfortable telling our friends that we are seeing a life coach over a therapist. Our culture shuns talk of mental health issues. We feel uncomfortable talking about things like depression, anxiety and self care. But without the right tools to manage these treatable issues, they show up in our personal lives, in our work output and add strain on our relationships. 


3 reasons to consider mental health coaching:

One in four South Africans currently live with unmanaged stress, trauma and mental health issues. This shows up as anger, resentment, fear and low productivity.

Our skilled work force between the ages of 25 to 44 is the most affected and they typically influence staff moral, productivity which impacts company growth.

High growth companies rely on excellent customer service to position themselves as market leaders.  Employees experiencing burnout, stress and worry typically offer lower levels of customer service. 

High growth companies rely on excellent customer service to position themselves as market leaders.  Employees experiencing burnout, stress and worry typically offer lower levels of customer service. 

Many companies do use the services of an employee wellness programme, yet how many people managers are equipped to understand the benefit of developing emotional intelligence and positive mind-sets and behaviour within their direct reports and or teams on the job?

One of the reasons that people hire a mental health coach is to improve productivity, creativity and customer service. Working with a coach, they learn how to be far more effective, efficient and productive in everything that they do, including their jobs, business dealings, personal relationships and projects.

An experienced coach acts as a motivator and partner. They see through the excuses that individuals make and hold them accountable for their personal development. Mental health coaching supports ‘getting your head’ right, a positive mind-set and a healthy self esteem. 

Sometimes the worst place is to be is in your own head… in the same breath sometimes the best place to be is in your own head. #getyourheadright.


Anxiety – it feels like I am dying!

Anxiety – it feels like I am dying!

Come on, you can do this. Just keep it together. You’ve been practising all night, you’ll be fine. This room is too small. Oh no! it’s happening again. Your heart is racing and your chest is tight. You can’t speak, you feel about to faint! You feel like you are about to die!

The physical symptoms of anxiety don’t seem to get as much attention as the mental and emotional effects. The overwhelming worry and fear that characterize anxiety can be debilitating.

Anxiety can wreak just as much havoc on the body as it can the mind. Every system in the body from head to toe can be impacted just by the nature of your body releasing a lot of stress hormones. You have your fight-or-flight response to thank for your physical anxiety symptoms. Typically, it’s supposed to help you survive a threat by escaping or fending off the threat. In way-back-then, cavepeople days, that threat might have been something along the lines of a lion.

If you have anxiety, though, your fear and worry are that threat, your body reacts the same as if you were about to be attacked by a lion. This prompts your sympathetic nervous system to react, which controls involuntary processes like your breathing and heart rate, to kick into high gear. This leads your adrenal glands to release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.

This domino effect is behind anxiety’s physical symptoms. This means that when you are experiencing anxiety, it’s essentially the fight-or-flight system kicking in and saying, “Danger!”, this is why you feel you are dying.

Physical symptoms include trouble falling or staying asleep, muscle tension, clenching your jaw, tightening your muscles throughout your body, chronic indigestion and self-doubt. You may experience self-consciousness, blushing, trembling, nausea, and difficulty talking and sweating when having to interact with others, even a small number of people.

In most cases of cases of anxiety disorder, a combination of medication, talk therapy and alternative remedies can help you manage your anxiety.


5 Ideas that may help manage your Anxiety

  1. Sunlight: Getting plenty of direct sunlight, even short 20-minute breaks in the sun per day may have significant benefits for your mental health.
  1. Warm Baths: After a long anxious day, a warm bath helps by increasing body temperature, and regulates mood and anxiety. Add an essential oil, like lavender to enhance the experience.
  1. Exercise: Weekly exercise is essential for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Even walking 10 000 steps per day will help release feel good endorphins.
  1. Improve your diet: Leave out alcohol, artificial sweeteners and processed food. Double up on fresh fruits and vegetables.
  1. Add supplements such as Lysine and Omega 3 to your diet: Lysine is a powerful tool in the fight against anxiety.Omega-3 is an important element to support overall mental health.

Now on the bright side, anxiety is treatable. If anxiety is getting in the way of your life – contact your medial practioner to discus treatment options.

Depression – do I have it?

Depression – do I have it?

It may be easier to explain what depression isn’t than what it is.
Depression is not when you’re having a bad day or feeling down or less than enthusiastic about your life. It certainly isn’t the same as sadness or grieving. The reasons for a person becoming depressed are not universal and is often unrelated to a person’s circumstances or daily routines.

Depression is the clinical term for a long-lasting and often persistent mental health condition, that may be caused by genetics and the brains chemistry.

Many people wrongly assume that difficult and traumatic events alone may trigger depression. In many individuals, biochemical processes that are symptomatic of depression occur without identifiable situational causes. These biochemical processes control the neurotransmitters that regulate mood, which can malfunction without an apparent reason, leading to a person becoming depressed.

Research has also found that more than one third of people who struggle with depression don’t seek help at all. So how do you know if you are at risk of having depression? A combination of symptoms lasting more than a week might indicate a mental health condition.

But above everything else, I’m just tired of being so tired” is a sure sign that you would benefit from getting help from a medial paractioner.

Emotional Signs
• Angry outbursts, irritability, or restlessness
• Avoiding friends and activities they you once enjoyed
• Feeling sad, empty, numb, hopeless, helpless, or worthless

Physical Signs
• Changes in energy level (constant tiredness)
• Changes in eating (overeating or eating too little)
• Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping too much or too little)
• Problems with concentration, memory, or ability to think clearly
• Being unable to complete tasks
• Sudden decrease in work performance

Serious Signs
• If you or anyone else exhibits these signs, please contact SADAG on 080 070 8090 immediately
• Thoughts or plans to kill or hurt yourself or others
• Isolation of yourself from friends and family
• Your self care and hygiene has deteriotated
• You find that you are drinking more and may be using drugs regularly

Depression is a big deal and the struggle is real, with the right treatment and support you are able to live a joy filled life. Reach out today!