Anyone who has flown on an airplane and listened to the flight attendant before take-off has been cautioned what to do in the event the oxygen masks fall from the ceiling.
Put on your own mask first before trying to help someone else.
Self Care is a principle that applies directly to any therapeutic work. If you’re gasping for air, you can’t help other people.
Therapists who neglect their own mental, physical and spiritual self-care eventually run out of air, they can not effectively help their clients because all of their energy is going out to the clients and nothing is coming back in to replenish their energy.
Although most therapists are familiar with self-care many find it a challenge to put the concept into practice in their own lives. Therapists who ignore their own needs will find their outlook on the profession going quickly downhill.
This months Hypno Geeks is a reminder to take care of ourselves and a great opportunity to introduce you to Sarah Reddan one of our new Tutors.
Last night I held our Monthly Peer Supervision, and the topic was smoking cessation.
I have a six steps programme I teach so I went over my six steps programme and looked at how we can combine smoking cessation counselling with Hypnosis.
When Clients first started smoking it probably didn't come easy. They probably felt pretty awkward about it at first and it was a conscious habit that gradually took a hold of them. Maybe they used to tell themselves that they could stop smoking whenever they wanted to and that they certainly weren't addicted.
But the longer they smoked the more difficult it was to say no to cigarettes until they were smoking when they didn't even want one, when their throat hurts or when it tastes foul.
Stopping smoking with hypnosis is the reverse of that process. Once your client has stopped, they will find that the longer they go without a cigarette the easier it will be to continue as a non-smoker.
There may be odd times when they still think about smoking, but they will be thinking of it in a different way - and a thought of a cigarette is not a craving - it is simply a thought.
After a short while they will find that their food tastes different, they can breathe easier, they will smell fresher, and their mind will become more lucid and clearer. Even their circulation will improve, and they’ll have more confidence in themselves because they know and feel in control, instead of being controlled by an addiction.
Never underestimate the benefits of stopping smoking.