So you've come across the term "highly sensitive person" or HSP and feel this may help to understand your needs. You've noticed that you are emotionally sensitive on the inside, yet present as calm in all situations. You've noticed how easy it is to feel physically and emotionally dysregulated with sounds and smells that don't … Continue reading Why highly sensitive people may benefit from yin yoga
Did you really do nothing today or did you do loads of housework, provide emotional and/or practical support for your friends, partner or family, make the dinner and ensure everyone around you had everything they needed only to discount all of that because you didn't run a 5k? Once you have ruled out any medical … Continue reading Why am I so exhausted when I have hardly done anything?
Private yoga sessions can be expensive. So expensive that many yoga teachers will say they can't afford the kind of services they offer. So why is it so expensive and is it worth the investment? I'm going to provide my honest opinion as a response to these questions and I hope this allows you to … Continue reading Why private yoga sessions may be a good investment for highly sensitive people.
What if you started treating your energy as money in your bank account or battery charge on your phone? Everyone has different bank balances and different levels of expenditure on essential, non-essential, meaningful and meaningless purchases. We also have different phones or at least purchased them at different times and use them in at least … Continue reading How to manage your energy as a highly sensitive introvert
Lots of introverts are shy and possibly socially anxious but you can also be shy and socially anxious as an extrovert. Contrary to popular belief, being an introvert doesn't always mean you don't like being around other people. It can sometimes be more helpful to think of the introversion-extroversion spectrum as more about how much … Continue reading Are introverts more likely to burnout?
Everyone is talking about self care right now but how many people are actually doing it? So you've seen the lists of things you can try to make yourself feel better and you've perhaps tried a couple or been so overwhelmed by the list that you haven't even started yet and now you're criticising yourself … Continue reading Why am I avoiding the things that might make me feel better?
Most yin yoga classes that I've attended or seen advertised seem to be scheduled for the evening. In some ways, I can see why that is; the idea of something gentle and relaxing at the end of the day seems to be a great idea for many of us. However, having spent 200 hours training … Continue reading What time of day should you practise yin yoga?
I burnt out in my first job as a qualified clinical psychologist but I don’t think I recognised it as burnout until the second time this started happening to me. At the time, I knew I was exhausted all the time, was experiencing a few other physical symptoms and just wanted something to make me … Continue reading Realistic self-care for exhausted therapists
I work with a lot of people who face incredible amounts of pressure at work and/or home, and I really wish I could fix those unfair circumstances for them but I can't. What I can support people with is developing an understanding of how their lifestyle and personality interact with those challenging circumstances in a … Continue reading What’s personality got to do with burnout?
How to look after yourself as a therapist or applied psychologist. I responded to a query from a fellow therapist on Facebook yesterday. Not someone I know but someone who sounded like they were experiencing burnout, was taking some time off, planned to focus on self-care and was interested in what other therapists in the … Continue reading Self care for therapists