Coaching the Head Cardiologist – An Individual Case Study
Nelson M. was the Head of Cardiology in a hospital who faced typical obstacles to healthy habits: long hours at work, a high level of concentration required during all hours of each day, irregular lunch times, and high levels of stress. He was experiencing fatigue, weight gain, and dissatisfaction at his imbalanced lifestyle.
His objectives were to spend more time with his wife and 3 small children, incorporate healthy habits, and de-stress on a regular basis. His success was due to arranging his free time by designing unique solutions. Here is what we came up with: instead of hoping for quiet time at home to listen to his favorite jazz music, we outfitted him with an mp3 player which he took on his walks after work. The walks were at sunset at the perimeter of a beautiful golf course near his home. He enjoyed exercise, a relaxing view, and his beloved music all in one, coming home refreshed and with time for family. He took all 3 kids to the swimming pool on Saturday mornings, giving himself both family time and exercise. He reunited with his bible reading group on Wednesday afternoons, the day he got out of work early. He brought a large bottle of water and healthy snacks to work every day, improving energy levels and food intake.
Nelson learned that success is a matter of arranging it, making small changes which are connected to personal values and individual lifestyle. He was my biggest supporter at the hospital, where I lead the Health Coaching Department. Together we made a difference in the lives of many patients over the course of the next 3 years.