Helping Clients Practice Wellness During COVID-19 Outbreak
Over the past few weeks, the spread of the COVID-19 has turned our daily lives and the lives of our clients and their families upside down.
The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic that is spreading rapidly worldwide, and the number of reported cases and deaths are climbing every day.
A growing number of employers are allowing their employees to work remotely, schools and daycares are closing their doors, and many governors and mayors have and are continuing to put their states and cities on lockdown.
It comes at no surprise that most of your clients are concerned about their health and well-being during this time.
Reduced access to food and daily essentials is stressful. With most gyms and studios closed, sporting activities shut down, and bars and restaurants off-limits, we’re also being cut off from many of our friends and loved ones. But you have more control over your stressors than you think. A few ideas:
Watching the news all day can increase anxiety levels. Tune in to the morning or evening news and turn to reliable sources of information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization only once or twice a day.
Remind clients to take advantage of stress management techniques and the benefits of meditation, deep breathing and journaling. This is also a great time to practice gratitude.
Stay in touch with friends and family. Touch base through phone calls, online games, and video chats.
What better way to relieve stress than to indulge in foods and ingredients that can potentially bring about a positive shift in mood. One of the most beneficial ways to reduce stress and nourish the soul is by consuming stress-busting foods.
Food is our most natural form of medicine and a key ingredient in reducing our overall levels of stress and anxiety, but with grocery stores limiting the purchase of specific items and advising people shop less often, eating well can be difficult. Shelf-stable staples such as frozen and canned produce, beans, and lentils will keep longer and are easy to incorporate into recipes.
It’s important to minimize our excursions to the grocery store to limit the spread of COVID-19. Your clients may want to consider online grocery shopping or home delivery options. Are they set on selecting their own items? Remind them to maintain a safe distance between themselves and others, wipe down surfaces with disinfectant wipes, avoid touching their face, and washing their hands before and after shopping.
Keep Your Body Moving
Regular physical activity can improve quality of life and relieve stress, tension, anxiety, and depression. Remind your clients of the “feel good” sensation immediately following a workout.
If your client has children at home, incorporate them into your workouts and make it the PE portion of their day. Go for a walk, run or bicycle ride around the neighborhood, try a new activity like yoga, Put together a DIY obstacle course that includes physical activities like jumping jacks, pushups and squats. Then challenge your loved ones to virtual competitions.
Staying Mentally Healthy During COVID-19
There’s no disputing that social distancing is vital to curbing the spread of COVID-19. How do you maintain some sense of normalcy during times of crisis, particularly when you’re socially isolated?
First, instead of fixating on what you can’t do, focus on how you can survive and maybe even thrive during this unsettling time. Not only does attending to different dimensions of health and well-being help you remain grounded during times of change, it enhances your ability to help others.
During uncertain times, it can be tempting to stay up late, mindlessly watching TV or scrolling through your smartphone. But it’s important to maintain a regular schedule and try to keep up with your usual activities. Establish good sleep practices and keep a worry journal by your bed so you can release the thoughts that are keeping you up at night.
As we navigate this new normal, have your clients ask themselves how they can use their time mindfully. As little as 15 minutes of mindful reflection on your body, lifestyle and mental state can have significant benefits on your well being and health.
To stay safe and healthy, wash your hands, avoid touching your face and stay at home.
Your Wellness Coaching Career
In light of current events, training or coaching people online from your home is timely and effective. We’re giving you all the training. Now is the time to get ahead of the curve.
When you take your coaching/training business online, the entire world is your client base. The reason coaches and trainers like you haven’t gone online yet is simple – they didn’t know how.
If you’ve been thinking about going online, or if you tried before and just lacked the needed skills, this is the time to get everything you need to become highly successful. The Online Coaching Certification is your step-by-step blueprint to build a highly profitable online coaching business.
Already started your Wellness Coaching Career? Learn more about becoming a Certified Corporate Wellness Coach. This niche market is exploding with opportunity!
Spencer Institute certification programs are open to anyone with a desire to learn and help others. There are no prerequisites.
That’s it for now.