In recent years, “the value of the global wellness industry has risen to £4.5 trillion”. This is hardly surprising, seeing as we’re now more concerned with wellness and self-care than ever before. While wellness usually took a back seat in our lives, its importance has become ever-clearer, meaning more and more adults are now making it a priority.
As a result, those who have a deep understanding and love of wellness may want to consider a career within the industry itself. Not only is there ample opportunity within this field, but it’s also an incredibly rewarding career, whether you are supporting those living with anxiety or helping people to ignite a love affair with exercise.
With that in mind, here are some top tips for pursuing a career in wellness.
Narrow down your options. As the industry is growing quickly, there are hundreds of different jobs for you to consider in this area – and unless you want to spend months sending off job applications, the more specific you can be in your searches, the better. For example, you may want to become:
- A fitness instructor
- A personal trainer
- A beautician
- A masseuse
- A therapist/counsellor
- A health coach
- An Aromatherapist
- A dietician
- A lifestyle coach
Get some qualifications under your belt. Gaining relevant qualifications is perhaps the most straightforward way in which you can transition into a career in wellness. It also enhances your credibility significantly, as you have the academic knowledge to back up your natural aptitude and passion for whatever avenue you chose to explore. Furthemore, additional training will only serve to make you better at what you do. For example, if you were toying with the idea of becoming a Pilates Instructor, gaining a certification will help you to learn more about the art of pilates, alongside picking up valuable teaching techniques and methodologies. You can learn more at ASFA.
Don’t let your own wellness drop. Looking after others, mentally and physically, is labour-intensive and many of those who work with wellness often find themselves prioritising their client’s needs over their own. As such, it’s important that you understand that this is count-intuitive. In order to provide others with high levels of care and support, you must also care for your mind and body. For example, you should develop (and stick to) a self-care routine, especially after a busy or challenging day at work.
Be authentic and approachable. While each and every person is on their own wellness journey, many adults avoid ‘wellness’ activities due to the fact that they find them unapproachable. For example, they may be too intimidated to enter the gym, or to speak to someone openly about how they are feeling. As a wellness professional, it’s your responsibility to bridge that gap by showing them that wellness is something to be enjoyed, not feared. To do so, try to be as friendly and approachable as possible. Try to use simple language when explaining wellness concepts that they may not be familiar with, as this will make the whole thing seem a lot less alien to them.