The Weekly Debrief

As a week comes to an end, take a few moments to look back over the week and have your own personal debrief and planning session.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I feeling any pain or muscle stiffness? If so, where?
    • This will help with grounding and being present. After answering the question, come up with a plan to address the issues, such as stretching, massage, walking, running, deep breathing, sleeping—maybe even ice baths.
  • What are my current emotions?
    • Sad, happy, excited, stress, shame, anger, joy, etc. Name whatever the emotion is and allow yourself to feel it. Emotions are what they are and it’s okay to feel them.
    • If you’re having emotions that you don’t like, write them out. Write down the thoughts that are behind those feelings. I feel angry at myself for not fill in the reason here.
    • Do you need to be kinder to yourself? Do you need to make a different plan? The truth is, sometimes we just need to feel things.
  • What are three specific ways I’m going to care for myself this weekend?
    • We all have different things we enjoy doing. Think of one thing you’ve always been interested in and research it.

Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). With almost 25 years of experience as a counselor, he works with clinicians, students, staff, and clients—compassionately attending to the human needs that arise in the practice of veterinary medicine. Counselor’s Corner is a blog devoted to that purpose. BACK TO BLOG