Tips to Leading Under Stress
I have just finished leading an exciting new class, CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response, which teaches how to listen to and support the immune system of the body. It is for CranioSacral therapists who have gone through at least the third level of training (SER I) in that curriculum. It was a packed, intense four days which is why I did not post a blog until today, as it is now over.
I am excited to be bringing this level of new information to skilled practitioners which means our clients and patients will have better care and more options for dealing with all manner of immune disorders and compromises.
This course is a new one, which meant much planning, learning, production of powerpoint and study guide, and the attending stress that goes with such an endeavor. Before this class and its preparation, I had just returned from California, where I had taught two courses, totally 12 days in a 14 day time period. These were the surface schedule demands. Then there were multiple demands under the surface that were pulling on me. (Let me say here that this is not my normal scheduling – it was truly some form of temporary insanity which I have now recovered from!)
On the last day of this class, one of the students who is also a good friend, looked at me and asked, “How the heck are you doing this?” Her question caused me to stop and reflect. Here is my list of “Tips to Leading Under Stress”
I actually did not somehow managed to do all of this. It was the support of my entire village that got me through it all. And, I gladly accepted that support each step of the way. I did not try to be Super Woman.
What kind of support, you ask?
1) I slept well and long every night, no matter how short time seemed.
2) I ate healthy, fresh food and did not skimp on it or go to unhealthy fast food to save time.
3) I got plenty of supportive bodywork – more than my normal amount – two acupuncture treatments and two massages throughout the last seven days.
4) I had a colleague who offered to be here to assist me (and help him train to teach it later next month) and he was the “wild card” invaluable component of the support team. We brainstormed and planned out the next day every evening. He did not walk away and leave me with it, until everything was done.
5) I walked every morning for almost an hour keeping up my cardiovascular health.
6) I let go and let in every form of extra support I could possibly receive. I give thanks for every should rub, for every good word of encouragement, for the excellent dinner my son cooked one night, for the lovely hotel room we taught in that has daylight, and for the group of CST therapists who showed up to take the class. They were wonderful, appreciative and grateful students and their support was another “wild card” in this week. Not every class has the chemistry this group had. They supported each other and me as I delivered it all.
7) I was honest with myself about how tired I was, so there was very little teeth gritting. I would just relax and soak up what I needed as I stayed in high focus for the class.
8) I trusted that Spirit would bring me what I needed in terms of support, so I was more open to it when it showed up.
Thank you to everyone who helped me make it through this past week with flying colors and excellent reviews. I do not intend to do this kind of a schedule again anytime soon, (did I mention that it was temporary insanity that I have now recovered from?) However, having done it, I am eternally grateful to everyone who helped make it possible.
And if you are someone who occasionally finds yourself with a schedule this full, I hope my helpful tips above can help you make it through too!