You decide you’re finally ready to follow your smoothie- and spin class-loving heart into a career in wellness. You picture days filled with hugs from happy clients on their way to healthier eating habits and kombucha recipe chats after yoga classes.
Then you realize…it’s lonely out there.
Most wellness entrepreneurs—whether you’re starting out as a nutritionist, health coach, yoga teacher, or trainer—spend lots of time solo, developing meal plans, carefully curating playlists, and agonizing over client challenges.
Having a community you can rely on for feedback and support, then, becomes crucial. That’s why connecting health pros to each other is a key component of our educational platform, The Nutritious Life Studio. When you become Nutritious Life Certified, you don’t just study the science of inflammation and the importance of healthy fats—you also join a thriving online and in-person community of wellness superstars who will support you on your personal and professional journey.
Thinking of applying for the 2018 class? Here are three reasons community is key to making it as a wellness pro.
3 Reasons Wellness Professionals Need Community
1. Work friends make you more productive
Studies have found that people who have “work friends” are often more productive than those who keep to themselves. The key is managing the disruption close ties at the office can also introduce (like your work BFF constantly dropping in to gossip about the new boss). But if you’re an entrepreneur working on your own, you’ll have an easier time managing those relationships (read: notifications, off!), so you can essentially capitalize on the benefits of work friends without the drawbacks.
2. Problem solving is much easier
When you hit a bump at a traditional job, you can usually turn around and ask a colleague what they would do in the same situation. When you’re on your own, that quick support network vanishes. The Nutritious Life Certified private Facebook group introduces that same tool back into your life. NL Certified pros are constantly throwing out day-to-day dilemmas and asking for feedback. What should you do if a client just can’t stick to the meal plan you’ve laid out? What’s the best turmeric supplement to recommend? Seriously impressive professionals (including, of course, our very own Keri Glassman) will weigh in with their thoughts from all over the world.
3. You get exposed to new perspectives
Maybe you’ve decided you’re the trainer who teaches all HIIT, all the time. Or the health coach who insists every client try ditching gluten. Everybody’s got their specialty (and it’s good to have one thing that makes your approach unique!), but if you’re also always paying attention to how other people work and witnessing their challenges and triumphs, it’ll give you a more well-rounded perspective and toolkit to draw from.
The Nutritious Life Studio community is one of SO many benefits to becoming Nutritious Life Certified.