self-care for therapists

Self-Care Houston, Episode 14: In this solo podcast, Jennifer Christian shares micro self-care practices for therapists and other healing professions (physicians, spiritual leaders, etc). Jennifer introduces tiny little practices to sprinkle throughout the day that reduce the possibility of burnout and build resilience during times of crisis. Subscribe in iTunes.

Paul Gilbert Emotional Regulation

Paul Gilbert Emotional Regulation

Mark Williams Exhaustion Funnel

Mark William’s Exhaustion Funnel

Peter Levine Holding Pose

Peter Levine Holding Pose

A Day Sprinkled with Micro Self-Care

(Grounding, Energizing, and Relaxing Practices, Ashley Davis Bush)

  • Wake up – All You Need is Love (Grounding, Web of Interconnectedness) – Grounding
  • Drive to Work – Dashboard Breathing (Gratitude, Breath Work) – Grounding, Relaxing
    • Breathing in I calm my body, breathing out I smile. Dwelling in this present moment, this moment is full of wonder. (Thich Nhat Hahn)
  • Before you begin your day: Rock of Connectedness – Grounding
  • Before each session: Door Knob of Meaning – Grounding
  • Mid-day break: Holding Pose (with breathing) – Relaxing
  • Nap (Actually macro care… but, I am one of those people that do better with one J)
  • Qi Gong (7 minutes of magic) – Energizing
  • At end of workday: Punch Out Positive (H.E.A.L.) – Think of 3 things you did well and hold the good for 20 seconds for each one (Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson): Energizing
  • Driving home: Grove of Trees – Grounding
  • Highs and Lows with family members or a good friend – Grounding, Connecting
  • Hip flexor stretches – Relaxing, Letting go (Yoga Journal)
  • Go to Sleep – Gratitude breath prayer or breathing practice (Relaxing, Grounding)
  • (Bush, Ashley Davis (2015). “Simple Self-Care for Therapists: Restorative Practices to Weave Through Your Work Day.”)

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Theodore Joseph Jones Jr. · October 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm

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