Stepping out of your comfort zone during COVID-19

Written by Endeavour College of Natural Health | 1 May, 2020

As Australians experience the impacts of COVID-19, many people face a challenging and uncertain future. Some are busier than ever. Some have lost their jobs or had to close their doors. We asked two natural health practitioners to share how they’re adapting their business during this time of imposed isolation.

Nutritionist and Endeavour graduate Kathryn Khiroya was ready to launch her new business, Sagely Clinic, when she had to make changes due to COVID-19. “I resolved that it was better to take imperfect action, and get started, rather than wait to see what evolves over the coming months,” she said.

“I’ve quickly learnt to use different software and apps to support my client’s physical and mental wellbeing. I’ve had to get comfortable with Zoom and video conferencing for online consultations; I used a voice recording app for the first time to create a mindful breathing practice with background music. It’s been nerve-wracking, but also more fun than I thought,” Kathryn said. “I was also apprehensive about using social media, so I feel I have overcome many personal fears in pursuit of my desire to connect with new and existing clients. Focussing on my ‘why’ has been crucial.”

Kathryn has had to reset and reinvent herself before – from becoming a mother to leaving corporate work, to pursue PT and then nutrition. “Adapting to changes in my life opened the door to nutritional medicine, which was like finding my first love. You have the opportunity to grow when you step out of your comfort zone.”

“At Endeavour, I was writing an assignment when one of my lecturers said, ‘Forget the deadline. Push away from your desk, and just think.’ It was wise advice. We are constantly surrounded by deadlines, and often forget to think deeply about what our next steps could be and to make them intentional ones. Times are uncertain. But uncertainty can unveil unique blessings, like taking time to deeply think about what we do next.”

After graduation, Naturopath and Endeavour graduate Rachel Larsson worked for an integrated health practice. A few years ago, her role was made redundant, and this set Rachel on a trajectory to pursue her dream.

“Starting my own business was a steep learning curve, but it has been immensely rewarding, and I have developed a much stronger sense of self,” Rachel said. “My experience dealing with redundancy and the uncertainty it brings has helped me to support my clients during COVID-19. A lot of people are feeling overwhelmed and anxious, and the things that they normally do to feel calm may not be possible. But we can all choose practices, like self-care, that help us to cope. I’m also encouraging everyone to put in their boundaries. Just because we are home 24/7, doesn’t mean we need to work or study 24/7.”

“The pandemic has forced me to pivot quickly, but I was already thinking about shifting my business online,” Rachel said. “I think it will be a good model for the future, and COVID-19 was the wake-up call for me to make it happen. There’s nothing like a good shake-up to understand what matters. I’m using this time to learn and adapt, and after this has passed, I think I’ll stay with an online business and expand it through collaborations with other health professionals. Upheaval brings with it opportunity.”

Endeavour College of Natural Health

Endeavour College of Natural Health is Australia's largest Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses.

The College is known as the centre of excellence for natural medicine and is respected for its internationally recognised academic teams and high calibre graduates. Endeavour offers Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture and Myotherapy, a fully online Bachelor of Complementary Medicine and  HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage.

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