As practitioners, it’s important to remember some of the core aspects of our training during what might be seen to be a difficult time for many people.
Re-framing our own thoughts can be useful, and, certainly, focusing on our own self-care together with simple grounding techniques can help us to connect with the wider world around us.
Some methods can be very simple and incredibly effective: what five things can I see? Four things I can hear? Three things I can touch? Two things I can smell? And the one thing I can taste?
Focusing on our own breathing and remembering how the brain works alongside creating our own set of ‘anchor points’ can be hugely beneficial.
Small positive actions and interactions can make all the difference, and, of course, those all-important steps don’t have to big large leaps – but tiny paces forwards.
Perhaps we could take some time out in the course of a day to focus in on a moment of positivity – it doesn’t have to be large.
Setting our own small scale goals can also boost our own sense of achievement. Ever fancied writing your own blog post for your website but never had the time?
Well, perhaps now is the moment to write one. Blogs don’t have to be big and the smaller ones can be hugely effective at just a few hundred words in length.
Or, perhaps we could simply take the opportunity to ‘live this moment’ and enjoy the beautiful blue sky. Or, maybe it’s just simply picking up the phone and chatting with someone who we haven’t spoken to in ages. All can be positive for our own mental health and well-being.
Likewise, talking with your supervisor provides an opportunity for a professional conversation and also a chance to stop, pause and have a ‘self-checking’ moment.
Obviously, remote working with clients allows us to enhance, and hone, a number of new skills as practitioners.
Everything from checking their landline is working ahead of an appointment (so we can call them if we need to do so at the end of the trance part of the session) through to talking directly to the laptop’s camera (so the eye-line looks natural in the client’s monitor).
It also allows for the client to choose aspects of the session for themselves. For instance, they get to select the comfiest part of their home to be in, and, perhaps even, what music they wish to play during the trance part of an appointment.
Obviously, it’s crucially important to continue to follow the advice and guidance of the NHS, which is providing informative content on its website.
Till next time..