Today’s interview is by Therapist and Mental Health Blogger, Heather LeGuilloux.
Hi there! My name is Heather, a therapist and mental health blogger from British Columbia, Canada, I am truly passionate about supporting those who are struggling with their mental health and well-being to help them their own path towards healing and self-discovery. I am fortunate to be able to share my professional voice through my blog. Able to shed light on the importance of many different mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and most recently, eating disorders. I find it rewarding to hear the feedback from my readers who find this information helpful in their own life or to begin helping others who are facing tough situations.
I absolutely love waking up early in the morning as I generally feel most energetic and refreshed at this time of the day. This makes it the perfect conditions to work on my blog or freelancing projects. My morning starts by making coffee which I think is more of a habit rather than a way to feel more alert. I also make sure I have a glass of water nearby as it can be important to flush out any toxins from my body at the start of the day. Next, I generally check my inbox and action any urgent messages and file the rest for later. Then I make a plan for the tasks to work on for the rest of the morning. I also make sure to take breaks as I am working, since this can be so important to avoid burnout and fatigue.
Now I have been committed to this routine for about a year and so far it has been working well! I find I accomplish most of my tasks during the morning. Then I’m able to enjoy the rest of my day or focus on my day job as a therapist. I also find it helpful to use time chunking which is to map out my time to spend on one task at a time. This helps me to focus my energy on each task, rather than scrolling through social media for hours and not getting anything done.
I am a huge advocate for personal and professional development! Always the first person to sign up for extra training or supervision at work. I find it extremely helpful to be provided with constructive criticism in order to grow and develop my clinical skills to support clients in new ways. I enjoy learning new concepts and applying these in my work while being able to see the outcomes after working with clients. It’s very rewarding!
In terms of personal development, I really enjoy learning more about myself through self-reflection and journaling. I find that expressing my thoughts and feelings in a way that allows clarification such as through writing can be helpful to sift through what’s happening in my mind. Otherwise, I can feel disorganized or bogged down by my thoughts, which leads to stress and overthinking. I also feel like hosting my blog and creating digital products is another form of creative expression. This allows me to utilize my professional skills while adding to my own personal development as I discover more about myself through the research and design process.
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My number one tip when it comes to personal development would be to find what works for you. We are all very different and unique human beings and so our needs and what helps us grow will also be different. I would suggest checking out Marie Forleo who shares her positive vibes about personal development for an entrepreneurial audience. She’s awesome!
You can find my work on my self-titled website at www.heatherleguilloux.ca or follow my regular posts and updates my social media accounts are:
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