Nervous System Regulation: Your Key to a Resilient Wellness Business

nervous system regulation

Written by Joanna Sapir

Nervous system regulation is a term being used with increasing frequency in the health and wellness industry. People striving to live a balanced, healthy life are learning that nervous system regulation is a key component of this goal. Nervous system dysregulation has been identified as a roadblock that many people are struggling with.

Many of you teach your clients how to regulate their nervous systems, but you neglect to notice if your business is dysregulating your nervous system! 

There are many situations that can trigger dysregulation when you are a wellness practitioner. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • overworking
  • clients calling you all the time
  • feeling like you need to respond all the time
  • lack of boundaries between your work and personal life

Dysregulation can occur quickly, and can result in chronic stress and practitioner burnout. For example, if a stressed-out client contacts you, it could send you into dysregulation if you feel that you need to fix them and respond right away.

Today I’m going to teach you 3 key strategies for maintaining nervous system regulation. These strategies can transform your wellness practice, enhance client outcomes, and boost your business resilience — giving you the balanced, fulfilling life you have always desired.

Let’s get started!

How To Maintain Nervous System Regulation In Your Business

 

Determine your company values

1. Identifying Your Company Purpose + Core Values 

The first step towards maintaining nervous system regulation is to identify your core values and company purpose, something I call your Core Ideology. 

In the Business (R)evolution Academy (BRA), I help each of my students identify their Core Ideology. We use this information as the foundation for building a streamlined, profitable business doing what you love.

Company Purpose

We begin by defining your Company Purpose.  Your Company Purpose is a statement of why your company exists. This is, to me, different from most company Mission Statements.

A Mission Statement most often states WHAT the business does, rather than WHY.

When you develop your Company Purpose, you are stating WHY your business does what it does.

This quote by Simon Sinek beautifully explains the importance of defining WHY you do what you do:

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. The goal is not to do business with everyone who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe.” ~Simon Sinek

Ask yourself:

  • Why do you do what you do? 
  • What’s your WHY? 
  • What do you believe? 
  • What is the change you want to see in the world?

Your answer needs to come from your mind, your heart, and your gut. You are not creating a tagline, or a marketing message to promote your business. It doesn’t need to sound catchy or clever, or roll off the tongue. 

What it does need to do is simply and effectively communicate why your business exists in this world. The essence of your Purpose can and should be reflected in your communications with leads, prospects, and clients. 

But you will also use your Company Purpose as a guide for ALL of your strategic decisions, like:

  • deciding what services or programs to offer, and which to drop
  • deciding who to hire, and who to fire
  • deciding which marketing strategies to pursue, and which to ignore
  • deciding which business collaborations are right for you, and which are not

Core Values

Once you have defined your Company Purpose, we move on to your Core Values.

Your Core Values are the fundamental beliefs that you want to guide your business. 

Sit down with a piece of paper with the words “I believe” at the top, and write everything that comes to mind when you consider that prompt. 

Think about what you believe about the industry you work in, about the clients you serve, about how change is made, and about the world as it is now or the world you want to build.

What values and beliefs do you want to guide your business? 

If you are struggling to come up with ideas, think of some of your favorite companies, big or small, local or international, or of people you know personally who have businesses you admire.

Take a look at their websites and see what THEY have published to declare their mission, vision, and values. 

The reason to check out other businesses’ core ideology is to be inspired. See what you like. See what stands out to you. See what doesn’t land…what you don’t want to do. 

Notice what formats you like. Some businesses will have an essay explaining their mission or purpose, others will list measurable goals that they’re trying to achieve. There is no one right way to do this, so identify which format you identify with and would like to use for your wellness practice.

Articulating your core ideology is a powerful – and essential – step in building a resilient wellness business that supports nervous system regulation.

 

Determining your energetic boundaries for nervous system regulation

2. Creating Your Energetic Boundaries

The second strategy for maintaining nervous system regulation in your wellness practice is creating your energetic boundaries.

Each of us has an energy field surrounding our bodies; a personal energy field. If you are having a wonderful day and are on a walk in the sunshine feeling happy and carefree, your energy field will be full of joy, right?

Now imagine you meet your friend for coffee, and your friend is feeling overworked and is struggling with practitioner burnout. As you sit with them, you slowly start to feel their stress, their sadness, and their frustration.

When this happens, you are losing your energetic boundaries; you are picking up on another person’s energy and starting to feel their feelings. Energetic boundaries are invisible, but can be profoundly and deeply felt.

The key to maintaining your energetic boundaries is understanding the crucial difference between picking up on someone’s emotions vs. absorbing those energies

The key to maintaining your energetic boundaries is understanding the crucial difference between picking up on someone’s emotions vs. absorbing those energies. 

If you don’t have strong energetic boundaries you will unconsciously take on the emotions, stress, attitudes, or perspectives of another person. This is a common source of therapist burnout, as they spend a lot of time with people who are processing strong emotions.

So how can you create and maintain strong energetic boundaries?

Here are some great techniques that can help:

Technique #1: Enable your invisible force field

Before beginning a client session, close your eyes and visualize yourself turning on an invisible force field that surrounds you like a clear bubble. The outside of the force field is sticky, and all emotions you encounter will become stuck on the outside of this force field, unable to penetrate it.

You can see the energy, name the energy, and sense how that person feels, but their energy is on the outside of your bubble. 

When you complete the session or interaction with that client, imagine yourself turning the force field off. Then step away from it, leaving all the emotions and energies stuck to the bubble.

Technique #2: Plug/unplug

When you begin a client session, imagine yourself plugging in a cord between the two of you. This connection allows you to see their emotions and connect with them on a deep emotional level.

When the session is complete, visualize all of the client’s emotions flowing back down the cord and into the client’s energy field, then unplug the imaginary cord and return it to the client. 

Another version of this method is to visualize a cord between you and your client, then cut the cord with an imaginary pair of scissors.

Technique #3: Name the emotion and identify the source

If you’re still feeling the weight of a client’s energy, ask yourself “Is this my energy or emotion? If not, whose energy is it?” Once you identify whose energy you are feeling, visualize yourself returning the energy to that person.

You can also identify energies as you walk into a client session. This helps your conscious and subconscious identify whose energy you are feeling, reinforcing that this energy is not yours and does not belong in your energy field. For example, you may walk into a session and tell yourself “I sense that Mary is feeling deep grief and sadness today.” 

These three techniques protect your energetic boundaries and help maintain a strong nervous system regulation.

 

Determining business boundaries to allow for nervous system regulation

3. Creating Business Boundaries That Align

The third strategy I want to talk about is creating and embracing aligned business boundaries that honor your well-being. Having aligned boundaries empowers you to nurture yourself and your purpose and break free from the exhausting cycle of practitioner burnout.

This is another key business component that we work on in the Business (R)evolution Academy (BRA), and we do this by creating a Values-Aligned Schedule.

In a Values-Aligned Schedule, you only spend your time on things that matter to you and things that are going to help you achieve your specific goals.

When you make this shift, you finally have the time to do the things that you love to do. You will feel joy and fulfillment that empower you to live your best life while bringing in higher income with less effort.

Step 1: Determine Your Priorities

The first step in creating a values-aligned schedule is to think about your priorities. 

Ask yourself “Is anything getting squeezed out of my current life that I want to provide space for? What’s not making it into my real life that I want to have in my real life?”

Write down your answers.

Next, ask “Is there anything taking up space in my current life that I don’t want to be doing?”

Some easy examples might be that you hate cleaning the house, or in your business you may struggle with billing your clients. Even though some of these things are things you “have” to do, write them down as well.

Finally, close your eyes and imagine what your life would look like 1 year down the road if you could have it any way you wanted.

What does it look like? Imagine what it’s like to wake up in the morning and be spending your time exactly as you want to spend your time.

What do you do when you get up in the morning? What does your day look like, and how do you feel as the day proceeds? 

Do you feel like you are working too hard? Or do you feel peaceful and balanced?

Write down anything that comes to mind.

All of this information will serve as the foundation for your values-aligned schedule.

Step 2: Design Your Ideal Week

In step 2 you are going to use the details you wrote down in step 1 to design your ideal week.

Ignore limitations and tell yourself anything is possible. If you could design your dream week, what would you include and what parts of your current week would you eliminate?

How do you spend your mornings, your afternoons, and your evenings? 

Some days might look different from others, write down the details of each.

Think about how your business fits into this ideal schedule. Are some days just for clients, and others for working on the backend of your business? Or are there certain times of day that are for clients and certain times of day for other parts of your business?

What days or times would you set aside for family and relationships?

Include self-care in this dream week — your fitness, your health, and your rest. When would you like to do these things?

When you first picture your dream week and write down the details, it’s ok if you have more plans than you feel you can realistically fit in. In fact, it’s quite common with my BRA students!

The beauty of this method is that you get to be intentional in your choices of how to structure your weeks and what to prioritize, and you can change your priorities to fit your life at any moment in time.

I have a bonus tip in my article about creating a values-aligned schedule that you will want to check out when doing this step!

Once you have written down your priorities and your ideal week, you have the information you need to create a schedule that is perfectly aligned with your values.

As a result, you will now be cultivating a business that supports your energy and maintains a healthy nervous system regulation.

Build A Resilient Business That Protects Your Nervous System Regulation

Following the three strategies I discussed in this article not only helps you maintain nervous system regulation, but also empowers you to build a resilient, profitable business.

Just imagine: no more working too hard on a daily basis, no more constant client calls outside your business hours or feeling that you are “on duty” 24/7. 

Imagine the empowerment and freedom you would feel with a business model that creates solid work/life boundaries and eliminates constant dysregulation and emotional exhaustion.

You will step off the pathway to practitioner burnout, and create a pathway to the balanced, fulfilling life you desire.

Not Sure Where To Start?

If you want to work on the techniques outlined in today’s article, a great place to start is by downloading my free Business Strategy Scorecard.

Completing the Scorecard will help you identify what areas you need to focus on to create energetic boundaries for your business, attract high-quality long-term clients, and make a steady, predictable income

Just click the link below to get your free copy:

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I am excited to help you streamline your wellness business and move you closer to committed clients, higher income, and creating a successful and sustainable business.

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Joanna Sapir is a business strategist and coach helping innovative wellness practitioners and coaches build more profitable and sustainable businesses. She's on a mission to build a movement of people creating a new vision and reality for our future as humans on earth.

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