I love my job as a TMS technician and I feel honored that I get to treat patients at such an emotionally vulnerable stage of their life. I encourage my patients to make healthier choices and decisions whether it’s eating healthy, exercising more, or having fun with family and friends. I like to incorporate things I’ve learned from my own experiences into conversations with patients about choosing healthier lifestyles. For example, a female patient once told me that she didn’t like the look of her body. She felt ugly and everyday when she looked in the mirror, she hated what she saw. The advice I gave to her is something someone told me a long time ago: whenever you see your reflection, even if it’s in a shop window or a spoon, smile at yourself. If you see a stranger, you automatically give them a polite smile, right? So why not treat yourself the same way.
Simple steps like the one above go a long way. We treat others with respect and love, but hardly give ourselves the same treatment. Be gentle and patient with yourself. You are growing and learning and sometimes you fail, but so does everyone else.
It really is the little things that can make a big difference. Self-care is a popular buzzword these days, but it is so important — whether it’s reading a book, taking a bath, or simply taking a walk in the park. Learning to do something nice for yourself and treating yourself with kindness will go a long way in anyone’s recovery.