Many factors can result in stress and anxiety. But at this time there are some key changes that will affect many. To name a few:
• Job loss
• Fear of sickness
• Separation from loved ones
• Loss of loved ones and inability to get closure
• Trip cancellation
• Unwillingness to make plans and have things to look forward to
Many of us are experiencing a sense of destabilisation in the world as we know it. So what is in our control right now? By following a step by step process perhaps we can regain a feeling of equilibrium during this difficult time. What people often fail to realise is that there are many physical behaviours we can adopt that will have a profound effect on mental stress. That is not to say that self reflection is not of value and changing our thinking will not help, but if we combine the two, then we get the biggest benefit. So here’s a step by step approach that used both our minds and our bodies:
STEP ONE – Take Stock
Become self-aware of what emotions you are experiencing but also what physical sensations are might be indicating that our body’s needs may not be being met. Where are you holding the stress?
STEP TWO. – Identify what is in your control
STEP THREE – Check in with how you are treating your body
Check on each and see if there are any areas that you can change or improve. How will you do this?
STEP FOUR – Renew with nature
STEP SIX – Eliminate unhelpful behaviours
STEP SEVEN – Love yourself
STEP EIGHT – Trust
And remember this statistic. A researcher in trauma (Donald Meichenbaum) said that an estimate of all the people who had experienced trauma, 30% of them suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and 70% of them experienced some form of personal growth! And the difference was the person’s belief about the event. If you believe it is possible to grow, you will.
Care for your client’s during this time, but also care for yourself.