“When we tend to our needs, our needs tend to become less” – Beth Sampson
Like many healthcare providers, we as RMTs often put everyone’s needs before our own only to find ourselves depleted and in pain over time. It is no wonder, given that the prevailing model for care-givers and healthcare providers is to put ourselves last in the service of taking care of others. This pattern is so deeply ingrained we sometimes do not recognize that we have a choice to behave differently, and consequently we wind up defaulting into old negative patterns. We get triggered and lost in the stress of our own lives (and in the lives of our patients!) and do not see that when we sacrifice ourselves to take care of others, we make choices that deplete our own health and diminish our sense of possibilities for life. We see these very behaviors playing themselves out with our patients every day; we are the ones who are supposed to be helping our patients find their own health and self-care, but when we are constantly putting ourselves last how can we possibly accomplish this?
When we look at ourselves with honesty and compassion, we can see the self-sabotaging behaviors that keep us stuck and prevent us from being the person we want to be and know we can be. By becoming aware of our behaviors, it becomes possible to break through these old patterns that drive us to sacrifice our personal time, energy, and wellbeing.
This two-day workshop is designed to explore the prominent behaviors and patterns that we as RMTs engage in so that we can see ourselves as the driver of them, not the passenger of them. When we see this, we move beyond coping strategies like the endless cycle of ‘processing through and trying to let go’ during and after work. Instead, we move into insight, personal responsibility, and empowerment, the foundation of self-care that liberates us to make decisions that support our health and enhance our lives. And, subsequently, one of the happy benefits of tending to our self is that we become a role-model to our patients and inspire them to embrace their own self-care.
Date: June 22nd and 23rd
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: WhatLab, 202-1814 Pandora Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1M5
Cost: Special Introductory Price $95 + gst