This weeks blog post is a bit different - it's a personal reflection on practising what I preach, namely self care and taking time for yourself!
This week has been hectic. A combination of factors have meant that both at home and at work, life has been fast-paced and tricky to manage. I've been juggling an increased case load, helping trainees with research, mentoring NHS staff, attending meetings to set up a community garden in my area, and trying desperately not to ignore my friends who keep asking to meet up. Inspired by my own advice, I'm using the opportunity within this blog to talk about my own triggers for stress, and how I can tell I'm starting to struggle. Because it's my blog, and I make the rules(!)
Things that tend to stress me out:
How I know if I'm getting more stressed:
What I could do more of:
Ultimately, I think I'm pretty good at managing stress, but I'm aware of things being tricky this week and this exercise has been helpful to remind me of the stuff that matters, that keeps me on an even keel. Try it yourself under the headings below, you might surprise yourself!
So what do you think? I'm not perfect, as I've said before - is there more I should be doing to manage my stress levels?! Let me know in the comments.
Dr Sarah Blackshaw: Clinical Psychologist, blogger, tea drinker, interested in dinosaurs and shiny objects