Are you feeling overwhelmed or drained by the end of the day?
It's counterintuitive, but we all know if we sit for too long, we feel tired. Add the additional component of guiding folks through mental health support and trauma all day and it can be a recipe for burnout. But it doesn't need to be! *See the free TS Chair Yoga video below.
The Body Keeps The Score, Even For The Therapist
As you go through the day, it's common to "check out" from how your own body is feeling. It may be the end of the day, or worse the end of the week, before you get to some much deserved self care. The problem is, your body can't tolerate that kind of tension without dysregulating your emotional world. If your body becomes exhausted, you become mentally and emotionally exhausted.
We now know from a substantial amount of evidence that “Trauma victims cannot recover until they become familiar with and befriend the sensations in their bodies. Being frightened means that you live in a body that is always on guard. Angry people live in angry bodies. The bodies of child-abuse victims are tense and defensive until they find a way to relax and feel safe. In order to change, people need to become aware of their sensations and the way that their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past." ~ Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score
For a mental health care professional, checking in with your body frequently and addressing the tension may be the antidote for burnout, vicarious trauma and fatigue.
As A Therapist, Here's Why You Should Take Care Of Your Body At Work
Our company has IRB research that's about to be published in the International Association Of Yoga Therapists showing that teaching our techniques to your clients may be as helpful for you as they are for your client. And I'm SUPER excited to know that what I've known can now be proven~ You will likely feel better if you teach somatics to your clients. And we all need you to feel better while at work, because many of us are leaning on you right now.
So if you don't already teach Yoga as part of your clients trauma recovery, here's a free video for you to experience some of what we teach at CYI and how amazing you can feel if you practice it during your workday. *check with your healthcare provider first to see if chair yoga is right for you.
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