I am so sorry that I have been out of contact for the last couple of months…it’s not what I planned but the first deadline in my PhD loomed and I needed to finalise my research plan and get it before the various university research committees by certain deadlines.
Oh and I’ve also started a six month contract at a hospice where I’m counselling patients, family members and the bereaved as well as running mindfulness and self-compassion sessions for patients. So it has been a bit hectic of late.
Just in case you’re intrigued and wondering what on earth I’m spending my time doing the [sexy] title as it currently stands of my research is “Flexible self-compassion training for carers and nurses of individuals with life limiting and terminal illness”. As part of my research I will be finalising my own self-compassion programme and then running a pilot before launching a full blown study. A lot of work beckons but it’s very exciting (please don’t remind me I said this when I’m hitting a wall further down the line and am wishing I had never started…!).
Being back in a hospice reminds me how hard it is for patients, carers and nurses to take care of themselves – they are always putting others first and generally don’t believe that they too matter and need to prioritise themselves sometimes. Does this ring true for you? If so I would really appreciate you sharing your thoughts below in the Comments. Perhaps you have personal experience of this or in your own work life you see this. I would really value your thoughts on this.
Going forwards I will now be immersing myself in all things compassion based and plan to send you nuggets of information and ideas as I plough through the literature…And I will be running a self-compassion workshop in July here in Chester. Once the date and venue has been finalised I will let you know.
Good News!! DISCOUNTS – hoorah!! As you have been with me from such an early stage on this journey and as a very valued subscriber to my web site I will be offering you a discount on the cost of the workshop. Keep watching for further news.