Therapist self-care and mental well-being

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Therapist self-care and mental well-being

Here are some ideas about what we can do and how to go about offering ourselves this care towards enhancing our sense of mental well-being and life balance.

  • Give yourself space to recognise that you might be needing something. The first step is to recognise what you might be feeling.  Perhaps you’re tired and running on empty?; perhaps you’re feeling low, lacking energy, drive, short on hope and joy?; or perhaps you’re stressed and tipping into feeling frustrated, even angry, and moving towards ‘burn out’?.
  • Be curious and dialogue with yourself– in much the same way as you would be with a client. What are you experiencing in your body? Are there any knots and tensions or wobbly, shaky sensations?  What is your body telling you? Is there a particular emotion bubbling up asking to be heard? What is the emotion asking for?
  • Try to identify what you are needing and give yourself permission to seek it out.  For example, if you’re needing some rest, what type of rest do you need?  Are you needing more or better physical rest/sleep?  Or do you need to give your mind a break from all that rushing around and swirling thoughts.  Mindfulness type exercises may be a way forward or perhaps you just need some mindless space ‘blocking off’ by getting lost in rubbish books or tv.  Perhaps the need is more social?  Perhaps, instead, you are needing more quality social contact and supportive connections and space to simply let go. Alternatively, maybe you need to pull back and ease off social demands.

Ultimately, its about finding a “balance” knowing that the care we give will be all the better if we are in a grounded, okay place.

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Therapist self-care and mental well-being

Here are some ideas about what we can do and how to go about offering ourselves this care towards enhancing our sense of mental well-being and life balance.

  • Give yourself space to recognise that you might be needing something. The first step is to recognise what you might be feeling.  Perhaps you’re tired and running on empty?; perhaps you’re feeling low, lacking energy, drive, short on hope and joy?; or perhaps you’re stressed and tipping into feeling frustrated, even angry, and moving towards ‘burn out’?.
  • Be curious and dialogue with yourself– in much the same way as you would be with a client. What are you experiencing in your body? Are there any knots and tensions or wobbly, shaky sensations?  What is your body telling you? Is there a particular emotion bubbling up asking to be heard? What is the emotion asking for?
  • Try to identify what you are needing and give yourself permission to seek it out.  For example, if you’re needing some rest, what type of rest do you need?  Are you needing more or better physical rest/sleep?  Or do you need to give your mind a break from all that rushing around and swirling thoughts.  Mindfulness type exercises may be a way forward or perhaps you just need some mindless space ‘blocking off’ by getting lost in rubbish books or tv.  Perhaps the need is more social?  Perhaps, instead, you are needing more quality social contact and supportive connections and space to simply let go. Alternatively, maybe you need to pull back and ease off social demands.

Ultimately, its about finding a “balance” knowing that the care we give will be all the better if we are in a grounded, okay place.

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