2020 was a year full of difficulty and unexpected twists and turns, but it was also a time of growth. Despite everything that happened, many of our students and graduates found ways to thrive and help others through their wellness work.
We are so proud! Beyond that, we think that the advice they have shared in previous interviews on the ACHS blog is valuable and worth repeating. So, we’ve gathered together some of their tips and advice in this blog post.
1. Start now, don’t wait for everything to be perfect.
“You kind of just have to jump off the ledge and find your wings on the way down. There’s never really going to be a right time, so to speak. I would recommend getting yourself out there, even before you open your business. Introduce yourself to other holistic practitioners in the area. That’s who you’re going to network with. Don’t look at everybody else as competition, look at them as your allies.”
-Jessica Milner, MS in Holistic Nutrition
Jessica Milner, ACHS MS in Holistic Nutrition graduate
2. Be flexible.
Allowing for some flexibility is key to good time management. “I typically look at my planner at the beginning of the day in the morning, just to get a birds-eye view of what I have to do today. If there are some items without a deadline, I might push them to a different day so my day isn’t too full. Every day is different and you never know what will happen, so just be okay with shifting things around if need be.”
-Kiana Murphy-Toney, MS in Holistic Nutrition
Kiana Murphy-Toney, ACHS MS in Holistic Nutrition graduate
3. Practice gratitude.
“Early in the morning when you first wake up do a gratitude session. I do one for about 10 minutes. When you jump straight out of bed and into your life, everything hits you and you can start complaining. Traffic is too slow or this or that. When you get up in the morning and you set your mind in a certain state and just give thanks for the breath in your body, or the bed, or the couch, or wherever you’re resting, just give thanks. Know that if you want more, that can come, but you need to be happy with what you have now. The rest of the day you have a positive outlook instead of thinking things are negative. And your life will thank you for that.”
-Qwania Dixon, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice
Qwania Dixon, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice student
4. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable.
” I was nervous too and even sometimes still am when I share my personal struggles or things that I’ve gone through, but I think it’s good to be vulnerable and be authentic and people can really resonate with that. Just sharing things that you learn, I think it could really benefit a lot of people. Even if it’s scary, do it anyways. A lot of things that I’ve done really scared me a lot actually, and I’ve just done it and it paid off. ” -Courtney Brady, MS in CAM
Courtney Brady, MS in Complementary Alternative Medicine graduate.
We are so proud of our students and alumni who have become flourishing wellness professionals! If you want to work in the holistic health field but don’t know where to start, education is a wonderful first step that will set you up for success and give you the knowledge that you need.
Keep an eye out for more tips from our students and alumni that we will be sharing on the blog in the near future. We hope their advice will help you as you work toward your goals and dreams! And please let us know in the comments if there are any other topics you would like the ACHS Holistic Health blog to cover.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.
About American College of Healthcare Sciences
American College, founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.
This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.
We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.
When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.