When you think of self care what comes up?
Mostly it’s what you do outside of your workday when you shut your laptop and head out the door. Maybe it’s taking a walk after work, chatting with a friend (or a virtual coffee date) or even bigger things like getting a massage or having someone (that isn’t you) deep clean your car.
But what if I told you that some of the most important self care actually can land right in the middle of our workday? I wanted to share with you three completely non-glamorous self care tasks I do each day to keep me more regulated during my therapy day!
Keep up on your paperwork
How often do you have a sense of dread when you know there is a stack of notes waiting for you in the morning? And for you it might be a little bit more than a stack… maybe a mountain? It’s that feeling that makes you want to keep going by your office and set up camp at a local coffee shop for the day sipping some great brew. But the paperwork is still waiting for you and can create significant amounts of tension and stress.
Return your phone calls and emails
Ahh - see note above with how you can have a heart-beating-sweaty-palm feeling knowing you have 4 emails you have been avoiding and two clinical coordination calls you need to fit into your day. You probably can set it aside during your appointment times but during the transitions and throughout the day it weighs you down.
Keep a To-Do List
Confidential of course BUT keeping all those little bitty things that you need to do in between sessions in your head can drag you down like an anchor. It leads to significantly more overwhelm to have not only focus on your therapy skills and client needs during the session, but to have 1,000 tasks swimming in your head. And THEN sometimes you realize a week later that ooops… you forgot something pretty important. Keeping a to-do list that is organized meaningful and streamlined is essential to having more presence and regulation during session and after your work day.
So there you have it! My top 3 tips for self care during your work day. Ohh.. and all three? I do with a good cup of coffee in my hand!
AND if you need a little extra help with paperwork and documentation check out The Five Minute Note program that holds you hand through notes that you can complete between sessions! This program also includes a FREE bonus of The Progress Note Catch Up course when you purchase the course!
I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC,