This post is dedicated to therapists/coaches/psychologists and all the mental health professionals.
It’s been a roller coaster ride for us as therapists during the pandemic. While we’re battling our own challenges for more than a year we’re also helping clients figure out a way to deal with their challenges during this time. For the first time, we’re in the same boat as our clients. What they’re feeling about the pandemic is what we’re feeling too.
My client load increased so much during this past year that I had to cut down on new clients. There have been clients who specifically wanted to work with me as they were referred by their friends and relatives and although I really wanted to help them, it wasn’t possible to keep taking on more clients.
Although I’ve been very conscious of taking care of myself during this whole time, it’s been hard.
I’ll share what has helped despite the challenging situation
1) Regular EFT sessions with myself
2) EFT sessions with tapping buddies and practitioners when things got rough.
3) Sessions with a compassionate psychotherapist who works with therapists.
4) Being mindful of keeping my daily routine intact.
5)Support of family and friends.
6) Acknowledging ALL of my feelings on a daily basis.
7) Changing catastrophic thoughts as soon as they come. I’ve had a lot of practise doing this for the past one year, thanks to the pandemic. I practise countering them calmly without dwelling on them.
8 ) Increasing my tolerance for uncertainty while staying hopeful.
9) Trusting my body and practising compassion for myself daily.
10) Saying no to some projects that came my way. Although they were wonderful opportunities, I didn’t have the bandwidth to handle them.
11) Referring clients to others instead of taking on new clients. This helped in preventing burnout.
12) Setting compassionate and mindful boundaries with everyone with regards to time and energy.
13) Not exceeding the number of client sessions I do daily unless there is an emergency case.
14) Last but not the least, reminding myself that this too shall pass.
Take care and stay safe 💝💝💝