Relationship between our attitude towards life and our health.
The objective of this blog is to share concepts from the worlds of coaching with lovers of fruit, health and sport.
My name is Ara and I am a coach.
My first coaching training took place in London, at the end of 2008, and I have been working part time as a coach until today.
Coaching is a conversation, a way of being present with one person or more where I act like an orchestra “conductor”, directing the format of the conversation, not its content. We talk about whatever the ‘client’ wants, but the questions I use stimulate reflection about the message being shared, the self-talk and how we interpret what happens or what we are told.
When there is a coaching contract, objectives are established and coachee and coach co-actively work towards them in a specific timeframe.
The beauty of this relationship stems from the belief that the client has the ability to achieve his/her goals, they are not impaired or need fixing.
The intention of this fortnightly blog is to share concepts from the worlds of coaching with lovers of fruit, health and sport.
Your mental state, your attitude, your happiness, your beliefs (religion notwithstanding!) and mental strategies will be as important as your nutrition and sport (or more, from my point of view).
Write to me at if you would like to request a specific topic in these articles or ask any questions, I will do my best to take these requests into account.
In this first blog, I would like to explore the relationship between attitude and health.
Similarly to how meditation directs your attention to breathing and leaving your mind blank, a positive attitude directs your mind towards opportunities in the present or future, transforming ideas and opportunities into reality.
Actually, we are in a position to claim that our immune system benefits from this positive outlook. (source:
The question is, regardless of how you are feeling now and what thoughts you are having (hopefully positive), can you feel better and be happier?
Look after yourself
1. Keep a positive attitude
This too shall pass. When things go wrong, remember that this is a temporary situation and make a conscious effort to imagine a wonderful future.
One of my coaching teachers always encouraged us to aim for the moon. Even if you don’t arrive, he would say, at the very least you will end among the stars.
I am a fan of making plans and enjoying the journey on the way to my objectives. I can’t imagine a better way to live.
When things go well, think about how they can go even better (for you and your dear ones).
2. Establish good habits
"We are what we do", said Aristotle.
What do you do habitually and what do you sporadically? Having an ice cream once upon a time, or a bit of chocolate, will probably cheer you up and won’t necessarily make you put on weight. Have an ice cream three times a day during six months and see what happens.
On the other hand, go for a walk every day.. Or do a little bit of sport and you will see how your life transforms completely.
Daily habits are a transition between our present and our future. Every bite, every step, every decision.
There is no need to be perfect the whole time, however do take the time to be mindful and make decisions, make plans. It’s important to be aware of what options are available to us and make mindful choices.
What can you do regularly that will translate into better well-being?
3. Be constructive with your problems
Epictetus said "It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters."
When you have a problem, do you get angry and take it out on others? Do you feel offended and look for ways to “teach others lessons” or pay it back?
None of these reactions help you create a better future.
Being constructive means learning from what works today and evolve the conditions of our circumstances to make it easier to have a better tomorrow.
4. You are you
One of my favorite children’s books is by Dr. Seuss. One of the most famous phrases begins with "you are you":
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you. ” (source
We often think that we are missing something, compared to those around us — or that others are better than us in some condition or circumstance.
Many a time this is a lack of confidence and a bit of envy ;-)
These thoughts abound in many people and (surprise!) are time and again unfortunately incorrect (not true).
My coaching teacher encouraged everyone to develop a sense of gratitude for being ourselves. To nurture and develop a feeling of gratitude, it is a very good guide on our path. This way you will allow yourself to be you ... after all you are unique!
Who are you? What do you want?
In the next post we can talk about self-knowledge and values. Are you interested?