Billy Smith Therapy

Some Self-Care Tips – Help Your Mental Health
Then and Now

Therapy for change. Things happen. How we experience them at the time doesn’t have to remain fixed. (See: why do situations get you anxious?) Since the lockdown started I have had time to reflect on myself and experience. In other words to practice what therapists tend to neglect – self-care.

Self-care is not selfish.

Firstly, self care is not selfish. Secondly, how can we care for others if we don’t care for ourselves. It’s not only therapists who are found wanting in the ‘looking after oneself’ department. How many people do you know who are always running around after others whilst neglecting themselves? Burnout is not far. Burnout chases people towards burnout.

The World Health Organization defines self care as:

“the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider”. (WHO)

When lockdown 1 came I had to re-evaluate my working practices. Most of my sessions were face to face. However, I had been taking some sessions online. For instance, if a client was housebound it was beneficial to conduct sessions online. Likewise, the flexibility online sessions gave was a positive factor for those with time constraints. All for the benefit of the client.

Lockdown 1 meant face to face sessions were not possible. That is to say, all sessions were online. A new way of working and extra training. I was busy moving my practice online. Busy, busy, busy.

Whilst rushing around to pivot the practice a thought struck me: ‘I need to take better care of myself’. I had been helping others to take care of themselves for years. Now it was time to ‘take care of my own self’.

I have put together a list of suggestions which may help you. a sort of introduction to self-care:

To sum up, take time for yourself. Self-care = others care. If we don’t take care of ourselves we will not be able to take care of others. Taking care of others is a good thing. A good thing all the better for being based on a strong foundation of looking after yourself.

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