Professionals need to invest in self-care:
A farmer was using a well-used, dull, rusted axe to cut a huge oak tree on his property. His neighbour was passing by and saw that the farmer was making no progress at all. “At this rate,” the neighbour thought to himself, “it will take him years to chop that gigantic tree down.” So he said to his friend, “Why don’t you sharpen your axe?” The farmer replied, breathless: “I can’t (chop)…take the time (chop)…Must cut down (chop)…this tree (chop)…by tomorrow.”
This quote is based on a Sufi teaching tale and is taken from the Government of Canada – Department of Justice page on the importance of self-care when dealing with victims of crime. The document notes that ‘Workers best serve themselves and their clients by watching their stress and actively pursuing activities that build personal resources.’ We live a rapidly changing world and we are faced with increased demands, both in our workplace and our homes. As we learn to resolve the perceptions that trigger reactive behaviour, we are better able to not only cope with everyday life but also, to enjoy life more fully and focus on what is important to us – our clients, our families and our own wellbeing.
Logosynthesis® is a highly preferred tool for professional self-care:
Based on a recent survey of professionals trained in Logosynthesis®, individuals use a variety of tools to support self-care including: self-coaching, consultation / supervision, peer support, continuing education, healthy living techniques, meditation and spiritual practices. Logosynthesis® was rated as a highly preferred tool (60%), preferred tool (31%) or about the same (9%) by survey respondents. Reasons cited were: Ease of Use (94%), Overall Effectiveness (91%), Speed of Work (85%) and Self-Coaching Application (77%), along with additional reasons (presence, awareness and prevention of distress).
59% of respondents perceived ‘no barriers’ to using Logosynthesis® as a professional self-care tool, however lack of endorsement by professional associations (24%) and lack of funding for training (15%) were cited barriers for individual practise. When asked about barriers for Logosynthesis® for self-care in their profession, the following reasons were cited: No barriers (49%); not endorsed by professional association (34%); not endorsed by employer (26%); lack of funding for training (23%) and not endorsed for continuing education (20%).
Learn more about Logosynthesis as a tool for professional self-care:
Whether working in the caring professions or coaching clients to unlock their potential, Logosynthesis® offers one simple yet powerful technique that can be learned to support health and wellness for the caregiver, coach, counsellor or therapist.
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