Exercise, nutrition and sleep are critical elements that you should be addressing during your client interactions on a regular basis. This month I’m suggesting that you transcend your services by addressing, head on, and helping them deal with very real stress. Be reminded that the physical portion of your services is one pillar on the path to complete health, but stress can neutralize many of the gains your clients are making if you don’t help them address it.
To ensure you remain within your scope of practice, it is imperative that you use the tools and practices for which you’re trained. Beyond that, recommending a qualified mental health professional might be indicated in some cases to help triangulate between your services and your client’s needs. The best trainers already know this and have forged relationships with other allied healthcare professionals while also learning more about dealing with stress and its many by-products which often contribute to poor health.
Here’s a list of some practical tactics you can start using today to help your clients better manage the variety of daily stressors they encounter while remaining within your professional scope of practice.
- Assess your client’s stress levels as part of your
initial consultation and regular services in the same way you monitor
physical progress. As important as monitoring your client’s physical
progress, monitoring stress levels is equally critical. By doing so, you
will be able to be a better facilitator (listener) and also become
better at knowing when to refer to a specialist.
- Access the Life Stress Inventory for several useful references on assessing client stress levels
- Establish a referral network of allied healthcare professionals to whom you can refer clients who are experiencing issues related to excessive stress. Do your due diligence before making a referral. You have an ethical responsibility to ensure that the professionals to whom you refer your clients are appropriately trained and qualified. Read more...