Tennis, time and teamwork – therapist challenges

I’m writing this on Monday 15th July. Yesterday was The British F1 Grand Prix, the Cricket World Cup and the Wimbledon Men’s Finals.

My first draw was the motor racing, then the tennis. And others in the house were interested in the Cricket.

The tv went on first to watch the cricket. The same channel then switched to the motor racing, with us switching between the two until the race started. Oh, and crossing to another channel to keep an eye on the tennis.

It was a good race, and I stayed with the programme for the 100 minutes or so of the race.

At its end, we dipped into cricket (England not doing too well) before moving across to tennis. Which went on and on. Amazing performances from Djokovic and Federer. Such technical ability, stamina and magic.

Feeding time for mutts, checked in on cricket  – oh dear – and a quick walk in the cool of the evening.

And back to tennis – penultimate game, commentator notes it’s good to have an easy service game to love, when Federer fights back to several break points. And finally Djokovic wins the game. One game to go in final set before tie-break. And pop across to cricket – England need 3 off final two balls to win . . . .  – stay with cricket to see England draw and the ‘super over’ process will happen. Back to tennis to find Federer held serve and the new, final set, tie break starting. Leaving me breathless.

You may – or may not – know the results. Very well done to all the winners and runners up. Amazing examples of the best in their field. Literally in the case of the cricket 😊

I felt exhausted yesterday evening – I also felt a little giddy and lightheaded from the assault on my senses of all the amazing action.

And whilst waiting to fall asleep last night, I thought that yesterday’s experiences were a heightened example of running a counselling private practice.

The motor race was (about) the length of two therapy sessions, I was dropping in to the other sports – similar to checking emails and messages from clients – and in the background (cricket) are the ongoing activities needed to run my private practice. Keeping up with regulations, keeping on top of my business record keeping.

Walking my dogs was a different type of activity -definitely part of my self-care – as well as theirs.

Yesterday was an exceptional day for sporting achievement – and yet the physiological impact on me was, perhaps, the same as every working day. Well, to an extreme level but you understand my point?

I have been reminded to have time out – to use auto-email responses and detailed voicemail message to ensure clients know when I will respond and to ensure I can have my down-time.

I have been reminded that moving between one set of skills to another requires effort and time. I sometimes discount the impact of moving between client contact, therapeutic sessions and business admin activity. Yesterday’s concentrated events are unusual, and they demonstrated to me how I feel when I put myself under unsustainable demands.

Yesterday was brilliant – I enjoyed the experience, and it was not directly client impacting.

As a reminder to note my fitness to practise and all the other activities I do, it was timely and powerful.

We are all effectively playing in the cricket world cup; racing in formula one and competing in a tennis final every day of our counselling careers.

A final observation – team work.

Every success was the result of teamwork and whilst we may work on our own, we need to have our team around us, whatever that looks like.

Let’s make sure we have the right support teams for us, as did all three of Sunday’s winners – evident in their results.

Who’s in your team, are there any gaps?

And if you have a business admin vacancy  . . . . .  you know where I am 😊

With warm wishes

Alison