My Biggest Takeaways From 5+ Years in the Wellness Field
After graduating college in May 2012, I struggled for months to find a job in the field (as an RD) which was very discouraging! I now realize with much more perspective the lessons this taught me and how the right opportunities fell into place at the exact right times.
It's CRAZY to look back and see how each lesson builds upon the last the help us learn and evolve. I could not be more grateful for the 2 very different full time jobs I've held these past 5 years. The first one was as a traveling Dietitian, visiting people in their homes and counseling them them about nutrition and diabetes. I felt like a nutrition warrior, and I got to explore and see into people's inner worlds-their homes, their intimate spaces.
The second, which is still my current full time gig, as a Health Coach working telephonically with members participating in employer wellness programs or just looking for guidance from a coach. I've significantly grown my phone skills...I honestly used to be terrified to make phone calls!! Also, I've had a chance to work with diverse members from all over the country and gain unique perspectives on wellness.
Today I'm sharing the biggest lessons and takeaways I've gained from my experience! These are things I've seen in others time and time again, that I think we could all use a refresher on ;)
1. No external factors will ever motivate you to create sustainable change. In fact, pressure from other people, your doctor, spouse or society in general won't do anything for you except create more resistance. Any change you want to make has to come from a place of internal passion and fire. Knowing without a doubt that you want to lead a healthier life or achieve certain goals for your own personal growth and evolution as a human.
2. You can't compartmentalize your health if you want to feel your absolute best. When you try to focus solely on one thing such as just taking an exercise class, you miss the big picture or may feel disconnected from other areas. The more cohesive and connected ALL of your habits become, the better and more fulfilled you will feel. Think holistically! Not to say that you can't have specific small goals in certain areas, but that you must be mindful of you mind, body, and spirit.
3. YOUR priorities set the tone! You have the control to set your own priorities in life. Excuses may help you feel better now, but they're blocking you from getting where you want to be. Trust me, no matter how busy or crazy your life is, what really matters most to you-your highest priorities will take precedence. If your health has been suffering or coming in second, it's time to re-evaluate!
4. Accountability partners are your friends :) Even when you are self-motivated, it helps IMMENSELY to be held accountable by someone else. This doesn't mean this person is "telling" you what to do, but instead supporting you with your goals and values. They might help you discover what your true goals are, and will be cheering you on along the way. You don't ever have to go it alone! Especially now, with the online world...you can absolutely find your person to help you stay accountable.
5. Yes, there is a LOT of confusing info out there. NO, you don't have to listen or follow trends. The best health advice for anyone is to listen to your own body and intuition. More than likely, you know what helps you feel best. Sometimes, you might be looking for distractions or for a quick fix, when deep down you know what's best. OK, sometimes you may need clarification on the info for real...but mostly you know. One size fits all NEVER works. Each individual is different. What works for one person may be different in many respects to what works for another.
Now that I've gotten these written down, I realize there is much more where that came from ;) I'll save it for another time. If this resonates with you, please, LET ME KNOW! I would love to hear from you :)
Originally Published on 2/13/18