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Why Self-Care is Essential in Times of Uncertainty

Posted by: Tanya Levy on June 9, 2015 11:19 am

June 9, 2015

It is difficult to turn on the radio or the news without hearing about cutbacks or changes to jobs or services. As counsellors we are the listeners to stories of personal and community change on a daily basis. As we support clients in their journey in times of uncertainty, how do we support ourselves to be fully present?

Self-care is essential as a counsellor and in times of uncertainty it becomes even more important. Think about the basic building blocks of self-care: adequate rest, healthy food choices, and activity that suits your body. Take a moment and reflect on your last week. Where in your daily routine have you made time for you. Even taking five minutes to breathe or walk outside and get fresh air can make a huge difference. In times of change, the small actions that are in our control can make a huge difference in our sense of personal equilibrium.

Looking at the relationships in your life is important. Self-care happens in the context of our workplaces, families, friendships and communities. As you examine the relationships in your life, consider the following questions. Are you getting enough support? Are you finding that the people in your life truly listen and give you a sense of feeling understood? Do you feholiday-754153_640el connected to your community? If not, where can you carve out time for you? Limit the time with people that do not nourish you. Seek out fun activities that you truly enjoy.

Daily practices that root you in mindfulness or enhance your spiritual self can be very beneficial. Mindfulness is the simple act of noticing the beauty in the world around you. Sitting on the back deck in the morning drinking a cup of tea as you watch the sun rise or listen to a bird singing. Mindfulness is about making time for noticing. Take time to breathe. Make room in your day for walking. Spend time in nature. For some, writing about or photographing what you see can help.

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*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Living with Uncertainty and Using Clients’ Career Stories to Empower Career & Life Choices

Posted by: Mark Franklin on March 31, 2011 4:36 pm

“After graduating university and spending only six months in a boring engineering job, Bruce Kirkby ditched the nine-to-five life, packed his rusty pickup, and headed west in search of adventure. He’s been going full tilt ever since. The journeys that followed have taken him to every corner of the planet, from Everest to Arabia, Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge to the rivers of the Arctic. Bruce has ridden horses across Mongolia and camels across Arabia’s legendary Empty Quarter. His account of that journey, ‘Sand Dance, By Camel Across Arabia’s Great Southern Desert’ was published in 2000.” Now with a family and two children, and based in Kimberley, BC, Bruce travels less and writes more, including his weekly Globe and Mail column.

Hi, I’m Mark Franklin, practice leader of CareerCycles, a career management social enterprise in Toronto, producer/host of weekly Career Buzz radio show, and new blogger here at CCPA. Bruce Kirkby was a recent guest on Career Buzz – listen here. When asked about a personal strength aligned with his career, Bruce said “my ability to live with uncertainty.”

Bruce is proof you can formulate a career around one glowing strength!

Here at CareerCycles, our team of eight Associates has been using a holistic, narrative and strengths-based method of practice to empower over 3500 clients. In future blog posts I look forward to sharing more insightful career stories, and helpful tips and techniques to empower your clients through their career stories, and in so doing, enrich your own careers and lives! Meanwhile, please LEAVE A COMMENT and share your experiences with clients’ career stories… do you use a narrative approach? If so, what do you do? What do you think of Bruce’s story? What’s an important turning point in your own career story?


*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA