Do you have a long list of things you want to do and can never seem to get done?
Changes you have committed to making, yet don't make them? Those many New Year's resolutions?
Some of mine;
-giving blood regularly
-register to donate organs if I die
-organize my income tax papers better
-get more quinoa in my diet
- more exercise
-quit biting/picking my nails
Yes, some of these things have been on my list a very long time and some of them have been on my list more than once!
I have made many positive changes in the last few years.
I am always as excited to find out what I will learn at my workshops.
This is what I have picked up along the way.
At one of my first presentations to a group of amazing teachers, I told them I wanted to become a vegetarian. They gave me some advice and a few weeks later I stopped eating meat. It has been over 1 1/2 years.
Elephant Ear Hosta is a great plant for shade gardens. Clematis root needs to be shaded.
Paramedics feel invisible. Fire and police seem to get all the attention.
- Professional Quality of Life survey which can help you find out where you are on the scale for compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue
- Holmes and Rahe Life Stress scale - an effective tool for finding out your current situation
- brain science and behaviour information with videos, webinars and many more resources
What is a Soul Station?? These are short interactive activities I have created as part of my workshops. We did some of these at my last workshop and they seemed to be a big hit. The inspiration for these activities was Soul Pancake and the activities their team creates on the streets of LA. Check it outwww.soulpancake.com
Tony Robbins says to be really inspired to change you must change your state. That means you must move in a different way. Workshops usually consist of a speaker, a projector, power point slides and little movement.
I cannot believe it has been a few month since I wrote on my blog!! Yet, I am not surprised since so much has happened over the past few months.
I had to go to Australia for three weeks for a family emergency in May. It was such a gift to be able to be with my brother and his family during a difficult time. I didn't see much of the country but I spent some valuable time with my brother, his wife and their children.
I had never travelled so far on my own and that in itself was an experience.
I am grateful to all those who complete the evaluation at the workshops. I have tried to keep it quick and simple. I have listed some of the responses below.
"Thanks for reminding me to say NO."
"I think the educator was very knowledgeable on this topic. It was very important information on how we should take care of ourselves."
"...provided a new perspective to be aware of your own health position."
"We need more presentations related to our field (PSW) of care givers.
I have tried to find more and more ways to understand why things are the way they are for me.
I love my work, I adore my family and friends, but some days are just too much.
Why do some days seem more difficult than others when they can look so similar? One of the ways we have tried to communicate in our family and what I have seen used in pain management is 1 to 10 scale. For example, we would ask the kids how an event was and 1 meant it wasn't very good at all and 10 was great. I now use that same tool to measure my compassion fatigue on a daily basis.
I have just seen an ad on television describing the effects of the job as a first responder. I had just been speaking to someone about the need for publicity about how the jobs of service providers and first responders can affect them personally.
First responders have a significant job and we hail them for their courage to be first on site. When we create heroes, we must remember they are people and they are vulnerable just like the rest of us. Also when we have such high expectations of those emergency personnel, it makes it extremely difficult and for some, impossible, to let others know their struggles and to ask for help.
I have read many books about care for the helper, people working in trauma, addiction workers therapists, front line staff of support agencies and so on. There is a common theme in all of the readings about how a person can continue to do the work they are doingandhandle the stress of the job.
SELF CARE, SELF CARE, SELF CARE.
For those of us in these areas of work, we know this. My experience is, we know it, we encourage it for others, but when it comes to putting something in place for ourselves.
Now that I have publicized my website and what my plans are to support our human service agencies and staff, I will give you a little more info about what a workshop might look like for you and your agency. Agencies have also asked me about attending a staff meeting in the fall to provide information and give them an overview of how I might be able to support their staff.
I can do either or both.
The workshop would be about 1 1/2 hours and will consist of some back ground info about the terms compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma and the research.