A self-care practice is imperative during this time where many are separated from their social networks, habitual routines, and in-person counselling sessions. A regular self-care practice is a toolbelt that clients can reach to during times of stress, anxiety or when they need a pick-me-up. There are many ways for counsellors to support their client’s self-care practices while social distancing. Keep reading to find out how.
Encourage checking in with their network
Self-care doesn’t always need to be alone. Social connections are key — especially while we can’t be physically close. It’s contradictory, but many people tend to isolate themselves while dealing with stressful situations and anxiety. This leads to rumination and negative thoughts, and worsening the situation. It’s important for clients to reach out to their loved ones for support or just for a light catch-up. Picking up the phone or sending a text can help clients remember how loved and connected they are.
As much as people are feeling fatigued by video calls, they are one of the best ways to get face time at a distance. Picking up on body language and emotions can help clients feel closer to their loved ones. So encourage clients to connect with their network virtually.
Suggest picking up a hobby
Starting a new hobby not only keeps a client occupied, but it can equip them with a sense of purpose and self-trust. If a hobby is a good fit, a client may even find themselves in a state of flow, leading to better emotional regulation, motivation, and creativity.
Depending on the client’s self-care and social needs, they can either engage in a hobby alone or with others, at a distance. An example of a great shared hobby is a virtual book club. Not only are group members connecting over a mutual interest, but it can easily be done through technology. Tools like video calls, or on an online platform like a Facebook group. No matter which hobby they choose, encourage keeping things light, fun, and casual to avoid rigidness or perfection
Utilize technology to support client self-care
Technology is an excellent way for clients and counsellors to stay connected between sessions, or when social distancing is necessary. A digital homework tool like Therachat helps counsellors do just that. Through the app, counsellors can check-in with clients and encourage self-care routines — keeping clients on-track and actively working towards their goals. Save time with pre-made activities, or customize your own to cater to your client’s unique needs.
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