Swagata Bapat, Executive Coach, and Facilitator in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Space

Swagata Bapat, Executive Coach, and Facilitator in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Space

  • Swagata Bapat is an Executive Coach and a Facilitator with over 30 years of experience in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Space.

 

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Overview

We hear a lot and pay attention to physical fitness, essential for our body. But, equally important and often neglected is the concept of mental fitness. Including the daily exercises for mental fitness reaps multiple benefits. It improves our performance and physical being, too. Swagata Bapat, Executive Coach and Facilitator in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Space talks to us about mental health and executive coaching.

00:32- About Swagata Bapat

  • Swagata Bapat is an Executive Coach and a Facilitator with over 30 years of experience in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Space.

00:46- What made you become a coach?

  • I started off my career as a clinical mental health professional and I worked for about 10 years.
  • Then moved into more service development roles and eventually into quite a big executive role as a general manager of service development.
  • I’d worked in therapeutic counseling and had not experienced coaching.
  • I moved into working in another organization where I was providing some coaching to a couple of staff working in the diversity and inclusion space and also getting some of my own coaching.

11:30- How does organizational culture and personal culture impact coaching?

  • It’s something that’s not considered enough in coaching.
  • Coaches not taking enough consideration of what the organizational culture or the person’s cultural background might be.
  • They are such strong influences in what’s possible in terms of coaching.
  • One of the things from your own personal culture is that you learn rules.
  • In coaching, someone might come to you and say I’m having trouble speaking up in meetings, and you could take the approach of talking them through how to build their confidence.

14:38- What are some mental health challenges that you have encountered in the areas?

  • The pandemic has been such an enormous disruptive for people.
  • One of the biggest challenges has been the lack of certainty.
  • I’m seeing a lot of anxiety, I’m seeing a number of people who have lost their sense of meaning and purpose and that’s incredibly challenging.

17:33- What are the symptoms one needs to look out for?

  • Changes in behavior
  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in the way that people are presenting
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in functioning

22:45- Three lessons

  • Be brave and have courage
  • Try hard every day to take some time to just be with yourself
  • Be kind to yourself

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Swagata brings to her coaching a deep knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and team dynamics along with expertise in strategies for optimising performance and wellbeing.

Swagata is an accredited coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL) and an accredited practitioner in the Human Synergistics Lifestyles Inventory tool (LSI).

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