Looking after yourself if you are an alternative health practitioner
While alternative health practitioners may specialize in acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology, herbal therapy, massage therapy or biofeedback, their goals are the same: to treat the emotional, physical and mental needs of their patients using natural and alternative healing methods. Alternative health practitioners may work in medical office settings, private clinics or even make house calls. Alternative health practitioners meet directly with clients, evaluating their needs and developing care plans. Alternative health practitioners commonly work with clients who are seeking pain management or relief from stress. Although the tools with which alternative health practitioners work vary by trade, all tend to minimize the use of pharmaceuticals unless no alternatives remain and maximize the use of natural products such as herbs or essential oils.
Is it difficult to live a healthy lifestyle as an alternative health practitioner? We’re not talking about extreme levels of fitness here. No one is expecting you to become the next heavyweight champion of the world. Rather we’re just talking about keeping a natural level of fitness and staying in good health. It may come as a shock to learn that this isn’t that difficult. It’s certainly not as hard as many people make it out to be. Indeed, it’s true to say that a simple routine could easily put you in good stead for great health and a long life. It all starts when you wake up in the morning.
Health Tips for Alternative Health Practitioners
Nutrients, Vitamins, and Detox
When you wake up in the morning after what was hopefully a long, good night’s rest, you need to do a few things. First, you need to take a few vitamins and minerals. This is particularly important if you think you won’t get them through the day naturally. It’s a great idea if you don’t tend to eat a lot, or you skip meals. While your diet might not be perfect, your body still gets the minerals and vitamins that you need. If you take these with breakfast, you’re already off to a great start.
Exercise and Stress
The next issues that we want to think about are exercise and stress. Before you run away, we’re not about to suggest you head to the gym every day. The fact is, you don’t need to if you can incorporate exercise naturally into your life. An example of this might be walking to work rather than catching the bus. Or, how about a morning cycle. That will help you avoid the stressful situation of morning traffic. Once you start to think about it, we’re sure you’ll find there are plenty of different ways to get exercise into your daily routine. But if you can’t, do not to worry. Just make sure once you get home from work, you do head out for light evening stroll. Or, maybe even go out in your lunch hour. A short walk each day will do you a world of good. It might even have a more positive effect than pumping iron at the gym.
Stimulation and a Good Rest
We finish off the day where we began, in the home. When you get home, you need to make sure you’re eating a good, full meal. Do try to avoid ready meals, simply due to the negative impact they can have on your body, and try to mix it up. Don’t eat the same meal every night and don’t feel that you always need to finish off with a dessert. Once you’ve had your evening meal, find something to stimulate your mind. This could be a good book or perhaps completing some writing. Try to avoid binging a show on Netflix or going online every night. Remember your mental health is just as important as your physical fitness. You need to be doing everything you can to keep your brain active until you finally sleep.
Does your business suffer from overworking?
Not listed here are the issues with being overworked and behind on your marketing. Most of your marketing can be done yourself with some time and some training. But even a person like me, who focuses on marketing, falls behind as the clients’ needs come first. My advice here is don’t wait until you are slow to start your marketing journey, because by then you have to work 3x as hard to get seen. Keep your marketing and social media going when you’re busy too. It will pay off in the long run.
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TLDR; Take care of yourself in order to care for your clients, but don’t forget to keep up with your marketing to ensure you will have clients in the future.