I trained as an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor over 3 years, completing my clinical hours in a Hospice and West Kent Mind. Since qualifying I continue to work for Mind and in Private Practice and continue to build on my knowledge and expertise by a commitment to CPD. It seems strange to talk about what I do as a business because it seems more like a vocation. Walking alongside someone as they learn to find meaning in their life after a trauma or loss or helping someone find their way through a fog of depression or anxiety is incredibly rewarding and I consider it a real privilege to be a part of that process. I work with people from all walks of life and different life stages; my youngest client has been 18 and the eldest 72.
Self-care! Respecting yourself enough to find a little bit of space for the basic things we all need to cope, food, water, rest, can be really hard when we are living defensively or avoiding painful emotions but self-care is the most essential part of well-being. It isn’t selfish or indulgent it is crucial. I always think of the air hostess on the plane as they go through the safety instructions, stressing how important it is to put your oxygen mask on before helping someone else. Self-care is all about that, looking after yourself so that you can help others.
Try not to think too big. If time is short work out how you could feel a little bit better. Could you sit for 5 minutes with a cup of tea, close your eyes and just breath? Could you go outside for a short walk and feel the sun of your face for a few moments? Incorporating a few quick refreshes can be so much more helpful than letting your batteries run out completely and then trying to recharge them from scratch, in fact we all know that if we do that often enough with equipment it just breaks down, the same is true of our mental health. Try to press pause.
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