I'm a yin yoga teacher and NHS clinical health psychologist based in Edinburgh with an interest in integrating learnings from both professions.
Many yoga teachers will say yoga changed their life but for me, it has been seeing people I have supported as a psychologist making meaningful changes that really inspired me to pay attention to what I needed to work on. I used to put everything into my job but then have very little left to give to the important people in my life or for my own enjoyment and this was leaving me feeling overwhelmed, unfulfilled and burnt out. Something had to change and I knew the pressures of my job were not going to reduce but the way I behaved day to day was possible to adjust so that I could have my own needs met more effectively, as long as I applied the same self-compassionate approach that I encourage others to use.
Part of learning to be self-compassionate involved recognising what my needs are and how they might be different from other people doing the same job as me. Unfortunately, burnout is quite a common difficulty for people working in the helping professions but I became interested in what puts some of us at greater risk than others. I'm an introvert and highly sensitive person, which means that, as much as I love my job as a clinical psychologist, I have to take extra steps to protect my wellbeing, and more talking is not always the answer.