Every second of every day we’re inundated with information. Advertisements, news stories, magazines, Instagram, and Facebook posts are slung at us all day long. Some of it we take in and the rest gets sorted out by our brains as unimportant, useless information. Our brains are designed in such a way that we scan the environment for input that’s pertinent to our values and priorities, ignoring that which doesn’t resonate with our own interests. This built-in “brain feature” has it’s pro’s and con’s.
Think about it. If you value eating healthy, you’re brain will automatically seek out information that supports this goal. However, if you’ve developed unhealthy habits overtime, you’re brain isn’t going to naturally seek out anything that will help you get on track with living a better lifestyle. You’ll have to make a conscious, deliberate effort to find the tools and resources to help you change your ways. This is why it’s so difficult to form new habits!
It’s probably safe to assume that your mental and physical health are important to you. If it wasn’t, you would’ve read the headline of this and immediately shifted your attention to something else. So, I’m not going to bore you with a lecture on how you should value your health and well-being more. I’m here to tell you something critically important to maintaining good health that nobody else is talking about. Why? Because if every health and wellness professional, company, author, or expert told you this, they’d risk losing your business.
Ready? Here it is: YOU WILL NOT GET ALL YOUR HEALTH NEEDS MET IN ONE PLACE. It seems so simple, but knowing and remembering this will determine the quality of your health. Let me explain why.
Many people use their primary care physicians as “one-stop shops” for health care. It’s not unusual to view a physician as the expert on health and seek the advice of that professional. That being said, there’s not a single doctor in the world who knows everything, and doctors (just like everyone else) are merely making educated guesses about what’s going on and how to make it better. You could see three different doctors for the same issue and get three different diagnoses.
This rule applies to ANY field, be it nutrition, mental health, fitness, or chiropractic. So why isn’t it customary to be encouraged to seek additional opinions? Why doesn’t the author writing about the benefits of being Vegan recommend exploring diets rich in animal proteins so we can decide for ourselves what’s best? Why doesn’t the orthopedic surgeon recommend trying chiropractic care or yoga before suggesting surgery? Why doesn’t one mental health therapist encourage shopping around before deciding which therapist is the best fit? (By the way, I ALWAYS encourage clients to interview a few therapists to determine who’s the right choice for them, because I know what it’s like getting stuck with someone who’s a bad fit.)
There’s a few different reasons that explain why nobody is telling you to shop for your health care in more than one place. The most obvious is that everyone is competing for your business. In an effort to get you to buy from them, they’ll convince you of all the reasons why their products, services, or expert advice is the best. They do this by sharing their own results with you or telling you stories about people, just like you, who did X,Y, and Z to get skinny, perfect skin, huge muscles, more hair, less depressed, more confidence, better sex, yadda yadda yadda.
Now, this isn’t to say health and wellness professionals are being sleazy salespeople nor is it to imply they’re lying or being manipulative just to earn a buck. Far from it. I believe the majority of people making a living in the health and wellness industry are truly competent, gifted, passionate professionals who HAVE had great SUCCESS and can absolutely help others achieve similar results. This leads me to my next point on why nobody is telling you to shop in more than one place; they whole-heartedly believe that they’re the best thing for you. They want to help you and they think they can. They believe it so much that it never crosses their mind that you might get better results by working with someone else, either in addition to or instead of them. (P.S. I am SO guilty of this myself!)
It’s like this: you are a truly unique individual. No one else is just like you. Each and every health provider is truly unique as well and they each work in different ways. Using myself as an example, I have my own unique ideas, perspectives, language, values, and morals. I bring all of that into my work with clients. For some clients, it’s exactly the right fit. I say things in the way they need to hear them, we relate to each other, and we do great work together. For someone else, I might not make sense. I might make them feel uncomfortable or feel like I just don’t get them. I’m for some people but not for all. EVERY health provider is for SOME but NOT for ALL.
Is it easier to just stick with the first yoga studio you drop in at? You bet, but you might find an even better fit by visiting the one down the road. Is it more convenient to keep all your care in one place? Absolutely, but are you missing out on different information or perspectives that are worthy of considering for the benefit of your health? It pays to pull from MANY providers, places, establishments, and resources when it comes to investing in your health. Would you put all your money in just one stock? Heck no! You listen to your financial advisor and DIVERSIFY your portfolio. It is absolutely essential to your health that you DIVERSIFY your health care.
You might be asking yourself, “Nicole, why are you telling me all this? Aren’t you trying to generate business at your wellness center? Isn’t the whole point of your business to offer all my health care needs in one place? Don’t you want me to buy from you?”. The answer is “yes”. I want nothing more than to serve you and help you live a happier and healthier life AND I want you to work with other providers too.
Willow Tree is structured in such a way to provide convenience, ease, and comfort when it comes to meeting your health and wellness needs. It’s why we offer a variety of wellness services in one place and also why our providers work closely with each other to ensure we’re providing you with comprehensive care. But I know you’ll buy from other places too and I WANT YOU TO!! Relying on one person or method or approach to health is a disservice to you and the provider you’re working with. No one can be everything to you. You need variety, new ways of looking at problems, and different opinions on how to solve them. So, you need a whole ARMY of health and wellness professionals!
We both know there’s no better investment than in your health so it’s worth the time and effort it takes to make a conscious, deliberate effort to seek out as many resources as possible to help you be the healthiest you can be. Remember, our brains filter out information all the time, so you’ll have to challenge it to focus on that which you may have deemed useless in the past. It’s never a bad idea to shop around for a provider or work with more than one at a time. Just like you don’t have just one pair of jeans in your closet, you shouldn’t have just one person guiding you on your health and wellness journey.
If there’s anything we can do to help you with this, please don’t hesitate to ask. Even if it means making a referral to another therapist, yoga studio, nutrition counselor, psychiatrist, or other wellness professional, our only goal is to help you be your absolute best self.
Nicole Iacovoni is a psychotherapist, author, wealth building coach, and personal empowerment fanatic dedicated to helping you create a life of happiness & prosperity. Her work is centered around personal growth and holistic health and wealth building. Nicole takes an honest, straight-forward approach to helping clients identify where they currently are in their life’s journey. With expertise in how our DESIRES, EMOTIONS, THOUGHTS, and BELIEFS influence our success, Nicole helps clients create a concrete action plan for living the life of their dreams. Contact Nicole for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.