Spring is finally in the air, and if you haven't already started looking for ways to detoxify and cleanse every aspect of your life, there's no better time than the present. Why not use the start of a new season as an opportunity to help your clients embrace a healthy lifestyle change? If you're not already putting an emphasis on a holistic approach to health, we have a few tips to make advocating for preventative care a much easier task—for everyone involved.
Help your clients develop the necessary skills to adopt a more holistic approach to health
"Understanding the link between lifestyle choices and health conditions and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle is the basis of health promotion," according to an interview with Dr. Michael O’Donnell featured in Corporate Health Partners. "The key here is to integrate these new changes into one’s life. One of the most important components of skill building is goal setting, which actually doubles success rates." For many people, goals often feel unattainable because they are much too large or complex to accomplish in a short period of time. Fortunately, today, holistic health practices and preventative measures have become so popular that they're building their own community, making them much more accessible and accepted. Your clients will have a much easier time sticking to healthy habits when they have the support of others making the same changes.
Preventative measures for a healthier, happier life
Two of the best preventive-care measures are physical activity and a well-balanced and clean diet. On the more obvious side, it's important for your clients to drop any bad habits that they may have, such as the use of drugs, or tobacco, or the overconsumption of alcohol. Nourishing the body with whole foods and challenging the body with an adequate amount of exercise is essential, but if your clients are putting their health at risk in other ways, encourage them to give up unhealthy habits once and for all. And don't forget to be mindful of your clients' mental health. "Unmanaged stress has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and sleep trouble," according to an article in Inc. "At the workplace, it can lead to inefficiency, job dissatisfaction, and absence from work for related health conditions."
To encourage a holistic approach to health today, advise your clients to make exercise and a healthy diet a priority today—not tomorrow or the next day. Finally, don't forget to remind them of the importance of recovery. Making time for restorative methods—such as yoga, sleep and scheduling quality time with loved ones—is often overlooked but can help make mental and physical habits more manageable and sustainable over time.