If you haven’t seen part 1 of our article on practitioner self-care, check it out HERE.
Here are some more recommendations from other ACEP board members:
The health of the therapist is important for the health of the client. This is an energetic and cybernetic principle. Energy resonates. When the therapist is in a state of health, the health resonates and positively affects the client. Also, the therapist applies the Michelangelo Principle, drawing out the health inherent within the client.
Besides exercise, rest, eating right, and other physical health practices, it’s important to be mindfully observant of thoughts and emotions, which helps to maintain psychological health. When disturbing thoughts and emotions occur, a mindful approach means that you don’t avoid, suppress, or over engage in them. As a therapist, it’s important to be able to relax into the maladaptive thought-emotion and let it go. We teach this to our clients, to a large extent, by our own example.
A deeper understanding of emotions is important as well. “Negative” emotions ought not to be invariably tapped away, since emotions can be informative and adaptive. In other words, an emotion being uncomfortable doesn’t necessarily mean that it is maladaptive and unhealthy. Rather it’s a matter of degree. Chronically maladaptive emotions are best transmuted by mindfully using EP techniques, such as tapping, mindfully observing, etc. On the other hand, it’s best to experience and learn from adaptive emotions.
Rod Lind, M.A., DCEP:
Lifestyle and mental outlook are the keys to self-care:
- Moderate exercise several days a week
- Moderate, healthy caloric intake daily
- Live intentionally and with a light-hearted spirit
- Do Donna Eden’s Five-Minute Energy Routine daily (or whatever energy balancing exercises appeal to you)
- Get whatever sleep you need
- Find something enjoyable to do each day aside from work
- Express gratitude daily
- Be always in the process of refining your gifts; practice the art of boundary setting
Debby Vajda, LCSW, DCEP, ACEP President:
I think the hardest thing about energy psycholgy is simply remembering to use it – but, over time, I’ve gotten pretty good about that. Pretty much any time I notice myself feeling either more upset about something than seems warranted, or feeling upset longer than seems useful, I treat myself for it with an EP technique.
During sessions with clients, I always check in with my guides before doing any energetic work to make sure that, among other things, both I and my office are energetically clear and ready to do the work.