One of the things that the veterans administration has begun to add to their list of healthcare services is Whole Health coaching. Whole Health is just what it says. It looks at every part of your life and helps you to balance things so that you have a happier more balanced life that is suited to you. Think of a life coach. Now from my point of view this is a wonderful thing and I think all veterans that have access to the VA ought to take advantage of it.
Some examples of the areas of your life that they can assist with are: moving the body, surroundings, personal development, food and drink, recharge, family, friends and co-workers, spirit and soul, power of the mind.
How It Works
So the first thing you do is an individual health inventory. There are several questions you answer about the above aspects of life. In these questions you assess where you are in that part of your life and where you want to be. Now the biggie is honesty and realism. The other biggie is being willing to think about these things and then the desire to work on those things.
Lately for me I have been working on Personal Development. My needs have revolved around time management. With starting the business I have really been having to learn how to make room for all the things I need or want to do. Today I realized I am on a good track with that. A far way from perfect and not done working on it. But now I think I need to look at organization. I spend a lot of time thinking, “what was I supposed to –” do, get, go.
I meet with my coach (on the phone for the time being) once every 2 weeks. I could see him more or less based on my need and how much time I want to spend on that session’s goal. We talk about what I accomplished on my goal since we last spoke and then work towards tweaking that goal or starting a new one.
I find it very helpful and would recommend it to anyone who has that, or something like it, available to them. You work at your own pace, and work on goals based on your needs. It’s fantastic. I have managed to get my business stuff a little better organized time wise as to what I need to do. Now I just have to get better at doing it. That is a matter of me being diligent and practicing what I have set out to do.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience with it. It’s been very gratifying and useful to me. I hope this helps others to balance their lives some!