LAeRRICO & partners Founder Leigh Ann Errico Accepted into Georgetown’s Program for Health & Wellness Coaching
Leigh Ann Errico has long emphasized wellness in her work with executives and teams. She even studied under a Master Somatic Coach to learn how to harness the powers of Sensation, Breath, Voice, Mood and Center. Additionally, a focus of her recent training to become a Corentus-certified team coach was the importance of being “fit to coach” with one’s own mindfulness and wellness practices. This summer, she begins a new journey – the Health & Wellness Coaching certification program at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership!
Through the program, Leigh Ann will expand her expertise in wellness-oriented coaching, the psychology of behavior change in a health context, and the fundamentals of chronic disease in order to become a certified health & wellness coach. She’ll apply what she learns to holistically address the mind, body, and spirit of her valued clients, caring for the whole person as not only a leader but as a human being. The timing could not be more appropriate, as the essentiality of health and self-care have been underscored by the pandemic, including the need to care for our immune systems.
“Time and again, I’ve seen first-hand the importance of balance and discipline during my engagements with leaders at all levels,” Leigh Ann shared. “If you neglect all the things you need as a human in order to feel good, your career eventually suffers, as well. Wellness is a never-ending pursuit that enhances every aspect of life.”
Leigh Ann added, “For me, I know all too well how easily we can become victims of our success in the work world. The higher I rose in my corporate career and the more complex my life demands became, the less healthy I became over time. I put myself last and hyper-focused on my career and work objectives. This sacrifice came at a very high price to my health and happiness. Over the past few years, I have been teaching myself how to live a healthier and more reasonable life – for the sake of my health and those whom I love and support.”
Leigh Ann and the firm she founded and leads will use her deeper knowledge to provide comprehensive client support that inspires personal growth, elevates career performance, and unlocks new progress.
The Institute for Transformational Leadership's Certificate in Health & Wellness Coaching is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).
June 2, 2020 • 4 min read
Written by Leigh Ann Errico
We’ve all heard the term cortisol, but how does it really fit into the puzzle that is our health and immune system? Did you know, for example, that cortisol can help you solve challenges and achieve goals, from mastering tai chi to earning a new career certification?
What is Cortisol and Why Do We Need It?Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” (hence the sometimes negative connotation), but it’s crucial for the protection of overall health and well-being. This hormone is made by three glands in your body: the hypothalamus, the pituitary and the adrenal glands.
Cortisol is famous for being associated with the fight-or-flight response. If you were to encounter a bear on a weekend hike, cortisol would work to depress non-essential or even harmful functions during the threatening situation.
Almost every cell in the human body has a cortisol receptor. According to the Endocrine Society, cortisol can help :
The Problem with CortisolCortisol, like all hormones, needs to be in a balanced state in our bodies. Too much cortisol, often caused by too much stress for prolonged periods of time, can lead to a number of chronic health problems. High levels of cortisol are linked to:
MeditateImplementing a daily form of meditation, sometimes called breath work, can significantly help to reduce cortisol levels. The exercise does not have to take long or be complicated. Box breathing, a tool often used by Navy Seals to stay calm in high-pressure situations, can be done quickly and discreetly, for instance. Try this:
Find a RitualRituals are also a nice way to aid in the reduction of stress and, therefore, cortisol levels. They have the power to trigger the brain to start relaxing and winding down from being fully engaged. A few to try:
Take Time to Take ControlCortisol isn’t just a villain. It helps us to be productive and make important decisions under pressure ― both essential for career success. But, in this case, “too much of a good thing” can wreak havoc on your health and on progress toward your goals. Take control of your cortisol levels right now ― it’s a breathwork exercise away.
This article was first published by Health Journal: