Self Care For Health & Wellness Practitioners

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Are you approaching burnout from being a helping professional?

If so you are not alone.

According to an article by Health Trust, "More than half of all U.S. physicians surveyed in 2014 by the Mayo Clinic reported at least one symptom of burnout—an increase of 9 percent from a study three years earlier."  Although you may be another kind of health and wellness practitioner the fact remains that helping professionals who suffer from career induced burnout is on the rise.

What Can You Do Right Now 

Take action to prevent burnout and increase self-care for yourself.

According to an article by Holistic Primary Care, there are 5 primary burnout insulators:

  1. Reflection and Recognition

  2. Self-Care

  3. Coping Styles

  4. Community

  5. Structure

These may seem like a no-brainer to you but it is a good reminder to zone in on preventative measures that can help you to be your best so that you can take care of your clients and your business. Check out the additional resources below for more tools to use for creating a self-care plan of action today.

The Signs of Burnout

Self-Care Revolution by Ellen Rondina, LMSW

Wellness and Self-Care Tools

Health and Wellness Burnout Prevention

What are your best strategies to help prevent burn-out? I love to turn off all electronics and listen to nature. What about you?

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How To Offer Your Service As Part Of A Wellness Employee Program.

So you have the skills, the drive & the passion for helping people be their best. But the only problem is you have no one to help. A great option might be to offer your services to a company as part of their employee health and wellness program. 

According to Inc.com, "Findings from 56 studies on worksite wellness programs that were published in the American Journal of Health Promotion showed an average 27 percent reduction in sick leave absenteeism, 26 percent reduction in health care costs, and 32 percent reduction in workers' compensation and disability management cost claims". 

Your services have a real impact on employees work life and the business owners bottom-line.

A win-win.

How can you get started with helping businesses & their employees?

Health & Wellness Consulting Companies

There are companies that exist to connect health & wellness professionals with businesses that have an onsite employee wellness program. Infinite Health Coach is an example of this service offering. They are a hub for businesses searching for practitioners. They use a RFP system to help with the matching process. 

Go Directly To The Source

As entrepreneurs, our job is part marketing and part service delivery. A great way to get business is to find out what companies in your area need health & wellness services and cut out the middle man by delivering it directly to them. WellSteps is an online site that has gathered over 50 wellness programs that you can use to start your research. 

The Possibilities Are Endless

This is your business created to share your unique talents. The marketplace is waiting on you to deliver only what you can deliver. These tools offer a great starting point to research and find your ideal clients and go on the journey with them towards a healthier lifestyle.

What are some other ideas you have on offering your services? Share in the comments below.

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3 Tips For Starting an Online Business in Health and Wellness

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You love all things health: nutrition, coaching people, holistic living. So you decided that you are finally going to follow your bliss and start your online business focusing on health and wellness. Or you may already be in business.  In any case it never hurts to do a business checkup periodically to make sure everything is running smoothly.  If you have jumped into the health and wellness space to help people in person or online via coaching or both, having the right business basics in place will help you to serve your clients well.

 Tip 1: GET A BUSINESS COACH

I think this is the best place to start when you are ready to move from being an employee to an owner. It's also great if you're an owner right now and your business is not growing. According to Entrepreneur.com, "A business coach is somebody who helps you move from where you are to where you want to be, and does so by solely focusing on your goals". Here is a great article on 10 ways hiring a coach will help you reach success. 

    TIP 2:  INVEST IN YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    There is a myriad of ways to gain knowledge for your health and wellness business:

    Podcasts: The Wellpreneur by Amanda Cook is a great audio resource for health and wellness professionals filled with great tips on how to make your business a success. The podcast Entrepreneur On Fire by John Lee Dumas will keep you inspired about your entrepreneurial journey.

    Networking: If you are looking for a great place to learn about how coaching fits into your business and network with like minds then check out Dan Miller's site 48days.net. It is a hub for entrepreneurs in general but more specifically coaching entrepreneurs.

    Certification: A great way to continue to stay abreast of the latest trends in the industry and display credibility to your clients is to have a certification in your field of focus. The Integrative Nutrition site is a great place to start the research process. This list on the Exercise Science Guide site is another great place to check out.

    TIP 3:  PUT THE NUTS & BOLTS  FIRMLY IN PLACE

    Do you have a robust internet connection? Have you maintained your business license or researched your business name? On the site Long Live The internet, they suggest that "One of the most important steps to starting an eCommerce business is getting organizing with a To-Do list". Here are a few things they suggest you have on your list:

    • Define your startup capital $$
    • Decide on a name
    • Register your domain name
    • Setup your email
    • File your corporate paperwork
    • Get a federal Tax id EIN
    • Register with the State for Sales Tax
    • Setup your bank account
    • Fund your account
    • Get checks and debit/credit card
    • Get a phone number
    • Decide on an accounting strategy
    • Design your logo

    The journey to being a successful health and wellness entrepreneur can be exciting. It will run more smoothly if you have a good plan in place. These 3 tips are a great place to start to help you along the way. 

    Do you have some other tips for getting started or restarted as a health and wellness entrepreneur? Share with me in the comments below.

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