6th August 2020
As a society we do not talk about death largely because it is seen as far off, however with the recent COVID-19 pandemic and the regular announcements of new cases and deaths linked to it, we are talking about it more and more.
Have you shared your wishes around your end of life support and care, your funeral, financial planning, if not start putting things in place now as it will help those you love in the long run, knowing it is what you wanted, as they will be having to come to terms with the loss of a loved one.
Recently received this feedback from a client, I love my job -
Thank you Sandie for being flexible and caring and understanding it meant a lot, thank you.
No better way to describe the beginning of a new year, here is a toast to us all at the start of the year 2020 -
Remember, the time of year
when the future appears
like a blank sheet of paper
a clean calendar, a new chance.
On thick white snow
you vow fresh footprints
then watch them go
with the wind's hearty gust.
Fill your glass. Here's to us.
Promises made to be broken, made to last.
A poem by Jackie Kay the current Scots Makar (Scottish Poet Laureate)
It is always great to receive feedback, so I just want to share some feedback I received from Sue from 2.9.19
"Sandie takes time to understand her clients which is so important, the sessions she offers are tranquil, with emphasis on making you comfortable. So often in life lip service is paid, nothing could be further from the truth with this Counsellor, who shares empathy, care, and a genuiune understanding for her clients, making them feel valued, reassured, and able to gather their strength again.
All this is done in a relaxed and comforting atmosphere. I highly recommend A Listening Ear Counselling Service to anyone who need support in today's stressful world. Sandie is certainly my rock.
This week is National Work-Life Week and is an opportunity for us all to focus on our own well-being and to get the work-life balance right.
My top tips to do this include:
1. Prioritise tasks by making a to do list
2. when are you at your most productive is it morning, afternoon or evening? plan the most challenging tasks at this time.
3. Take time out in the working day for yourself, get up, walk about, go out in the fresh air, talk to people/colleagues and refocus.
4. Make sure your work station is personalised to you, so it works for you with the right equipment, technology and is set up for your needs, with as much natural light as possible.
5. Take your holiday allocation either as long weekends or longer periods of time off with friends and family to keep your physical and mental health positive. This will also ensure you realise what is important in life and keep work-life balance in check #worklifebalance.
Start with these 5 tips and we can develop them further in later blogs.
Work to live, not live to work!
So why am I telling you this?
Communication is important and different species use different ways to communicate. There are a number of ways human beings communicate with one another.
I use talking therapy to encourage my clients to share their story and then I use active listening to really hear and understand what is being said.
Talking and listening are extremely powerful methods of communicating and my clients value being listened to and heard. It is only then that they can develop their own ways to move forward with their lives.