Here we are during the holiday season, an always difficult time of year for many people. It has been a week since Thanksgiving and the intensity of emotions has already kicked up several notches in my practice. If you or someone you know needs help, please do not hesitate to reach out to a provider in your area. And if the person you call is too busy to get you in for an appointment, don’t be shy about asking for a referral. If all else fails, take yourself to the nearest emergency room.
I leave in the morning to travel to St. Louis for an Advanced EMDR workshop with one of the nation’s leading EMDR practitioners and trainers. I am very excited and know that I will find this time illuminating as well as refreshing. Continuing education is a way I that I take care of myself, bring new ideas into the office and keep myself from burnout.
I find that planning ahead and anticipating potentially troublesome moments always helps me to get through a difficult time. If nothing else, a cup of coffee or dinner with my most trusted friends can go a long way in helping me stay centered.
What will you be doing to practice self-care during the holiday season this year?