If you looked at me would you know that it doesn't take much (in certain situations) to feel extremely anxious?
Being a counsellor I'm supposed to have my stuff together, right?
Well I'd like to think I'm a good way there but that doesn't mean I don't have situations which trigger my anxieties. That doesn't mean I can't be a damn good counsellor.
And this is because I have self awareness. When I'm triggered by something or someone I know exactly what's happening in my body and nervous system. Sometimes I can calm down quite quickly other times I need a chat with a loved one or my supervisor.
I also have a handy set of tools! I call upon these in times of strife and it's one I add to all the time.
I know exercise at my favourite gym helps, I know having a massage by a super tuned in therapist helps, heck even just having a sit down and a cup of tea helps.
Everyone's tool box is different and I love helping people fill theirs with what feels right just for them.
Understanding is also key. I know how my triggers have developed. I went through some tricky stuff as a child and that has left it's mark. I now know it doesn't have to define me and I accept myself, triggers 'n all :).