Coping in the Covid Era
Holistic Health Practitioners Assisting Clients
As a holistic health coach, I’ve been helping other holistic health practitioners (HHPs) with navigating new client concerns around their Covid experience. I use “Covid experience” as a blanket term for when a client shares about their personal engagement with any Covid-related concern. A place holder for sharing about how they’ve been affected physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually since the onset of the Covid pandemic.
Every HHP must define their scope of practice. Many HHPs don’t prescribe medications or make diagnoses. With various physical components of a client’s health, the HHP is best suited to make additional referrals. This will likely be the case when considering the physical aspects related to the Corona virus, including treatments for the virus and mitigating side effects.
Within the chosen scope of practice, there’s an important role for the HHP to play. The HHP can hold the space for the client to speak about their various health concerns surrounding Covid. To guide them through how they may have been affected directly and indirectly by the new factors influencing their lives since the onset of the pandemic.
In addition to physical effects of Covid, it’s become apparent that mental and emotional concerns have increased. Mental and emotional disruption can be related to their own experience in having gotten sick from Covid. Additional dysregulation is influenced by the coping process with the various changes surrounding the response to the Covid pandemic.
Do they have an outlet to address the mental and emotional ramifications relating to what’s happened for them? Do they feel they have support in addition to the physical components of Covid? HHPs are now exploring how to provide support for clients for these concerns. How can practitioners best serve while taking into account one’s Covid experience?
A component of the response to Covid was the preponderance of compartmentalizing health concerns. For some, there was an intense response which led to myopic focus on…