Month: September 2017

Micro Self-Care for Therapists (and other Healing Professionals)

self-care for therapists

Self-Care Houston, Episode 14: In this solo podcast, Jennifer Christian shares micro self-care practices for therapists and other healing professions (physicians, spiritual leaders, etc). Jennifer introduces tiny little practices to sprinkle throughout the day that reduce the possibility of burnout and build resilience during times of crisis. Subscribe in iTunes.

Paul Gilbert Emotional Regulation
Paul Gilbert Emotional Regulation
Mark Williams Exhaustion Funnel
Mark William’s Exhaustion Funnel
Peter Levine Holding Pose
Peter Levine Holding Pose

A Day Sprinkled with Micro Self-Care

(Grounding, Energizing, and Relaxing Practices, Ashley Davis Bush)

  • Wake up – All You Need is Love (Grounding, Web of Interconnectedness) – Grounding
  • Drive to Work – Dashboard Breathing (Gratitude, Breath Work) – Grounding, Relaxing
    • Breathing in I calm my body, breathing out I smile. Dwelling in this present moment, this moment is full of wonder. (Thich Nhat Hahn)
  • Before you begin your day: Rock of Connectedness – Grounding
  • Before each session: Door Knob of Meaning – Grounding
  • Mid-day break: Holding Pose (with breathing) – Relaxing
  • Nap (Actually macro care… but, I am one of those people that do better with one J)
  • Qi Gong (7 minutes of magic) – Energizing
  • At end of workday: Punch Out Positive (H.E.A.L.) – Think of 3 things you did well and hold the good for 20 seconds for each one (Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson): Energizing
  • Driving home: Grove of Trees – Grounding
  • Highs and Lows with family members or a good friend – Grounding, Connecting
  • Hip flexor stretches – Relaxing, Letting go (Yoga Journal)
  • Go to Sleep – Gratitude breath prayer or breathing practice (Relaxing, Grounding)
  • (Bush, Ashley Davis (2015). “Simple Self-Care for Therapists: Restorative Practices to Weave Through Your Work Day.”)


Self-Care for Moms

Randi Rubenstein Self-Care HoustonSelf-Care Houston, Episode 13: Randi Rubenstein joins Jennifer in a conversation about self-care and what that means as a mom. Randi and Jennifer talk about their own experiences as moms and how they continue to learn what self-care looks like in the context of a marriage and family. Randi is the author of “The Parent Gap,” and a fellow mama in the trenches that facilitates transformational teacher trainings and parent coaching since 2007. Randi helps parents replace negative patterns such as threats, bribing and name calling with a new positive parenting toolbox that inspires rather than backfires during the teen years. Subscribe in iTunes.

Resources from this Episode

Building Trust in a Culture of Distrust

Building Trust
Photo by Michael Quinn

Self-Care Houston, Episode 12: Dr. Jeff Christian joins Jennifer in a conversation about how to build communities of trust within a larger culture that cultivates distrust. How can we build resilient practices into our marriages, families, and local communities that will help us address challenges in healthier ways? Jeff is the preaching minister at the Bering Drive Church of Christ in the Galleria area of Houston. Subscribe in iTunes.

Love is PatientResources from this Episode