What Is Mental Coaching

What Is Mental Coaching

My name is Julie. Originally from France with an Italian background, I grew up on race tracks watching car races with my family. In between sports, humanitarian and security, I worked as a firefighter and personal trainer and studied Sport and Medicine. In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and my last location, Kuwait, I acquired amazing life experiences. Since then, I’ve always had a passion for Psychology, especially in sport. That’s the reason why I am developing another passion – mental coaching – where I can have a closer approach to help people and to change their lives.

PEAK PERFORMANCE COACHING (as called in SA) and MENTAL COACHING (in the States) are used in the field of Sport Psychology. The goal is to work with the general population, as well as athletes, in a one-on-one setting. It inspires the teams I coach to new heights and levels of achievement.
Peak Performance Coaching is based on many disciplines, including those in the fields of psychology, sports psychology and physical education (kinesiology), coaching science, motor learning and counseling.

The main areas of the Mental Game Coaching include:

  • phases of the Mental Game Coaching/Peak performance
  • doing Peak Performance Game Assessments (AMRAP, TCAP)
  • improving athletes’ mental game for performance enhancement
  • improving practice efficiently and practice schedules
  • teaching game plans or strategies
  • improving team dynamics and communication

This is a brief approach of Peak Performance Coaching, how it works and improves performance of athletes and teams.

The Mental Coaching isn’t restraint to Athletes or fit people only, it’s helping the whole population ready for a life changing experience, as I do with personal training already.

Spirituality, peace, contemplation, kindness, great food, family and happiness – some of the many words that come to mind when thinking about the Holy Month of Ramadan.

So what does Ramadan mean to the mind and body?
Your lifestyle is going to change soon for a month, going from a normal sleep pattern to a non-routine day/night. The circadian cycle will be reversed and the body will be affected.
Muslims all over the world abstain from eating, drinking and smoking, as well as participating in anything that is ill-natured or excessive; from dawn until the sun sets.

In the Arabian Gulf particularly, restaurants and coffee shops only open after sunset and working hours are shorter. More time is spent around the house. Muslims who fast stay awake for the pre-dawn meal of Suhoor. Almost every meal is consumed with the family, followed by all members of the family gathered around one TV to watch their favourite Ramadan programs. Taking all of this into account, there are noticeable shifts in media consumption as well.

Let’s take media consumption as an example. During Ramadan, TV consumption increases by almost 25% in the region. Viewers are consuming content that is more relevant. And let’s not forget digital! There is a major opportunity to move online as usage peaks during Suhoor (between 2:00am and 4:00am) and social media usage increases by 30% during the month. According to studies, in the UAE and Qatar social media users during Ramadan last year were most active leading up to sunset, while in Saudi Arabia, Facebook was most popular around 10pm and Twitter was busy between 4am-6am.

After a brief study of a new lifestyle after the Suhoor until 4am, the body and mind can be affected by the changes in different ways – positively or negatively – through wellbeing and physical activities. The fitness activity is decreasing by the augmentation of the activities on social media and virtual life online. People decrease their moves and feel mentally drained by the hot weather and the reduction of physical activities.

So here’s an interesting fact about the brain: During a period of fasting, a hormone is released that upsets how your body changes food into energy. When that happens, it increases the number of mitochondria in neurons that tell you when you’re hungry.

In research, this caused mice to overeat. The study suggests there’s a connection between ‘breaking fast’ and eating more than you need to replenish yourself. Typically we have noticed a trend in increased obesity and many incidence of diabetes during the Holy month because of irregular and inappropriate eating after breaking the fast.

Mental Coaching will be an amazing tool to decrease obesity and also increase wellbeing during the Holly month. How? Simply by keeping the body and mind correlated in one.

By spending more time with the family, practicing more meditation, creating meal preparation or cooking your own food. A new culinary knowledge can change everything about your way of life .A lifestyle isn’t a diet; it’s changing your life to a new lifestyle. A new approach of reading and meditation will teach you how to control yourself and use a positive mind in many situations. There’s an amazing book you could read during the Holly month, ‘DARN EASY’ from McColl.

If you have any questions regarding Mental Coaching and how I can directly help you, I will be happy to answer your questions via my Instagram account.

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