Last time we covered the ‘D’ of the acronym for coping with midwifery nervousness: ‘DOPE’. (You can find the first video here)
Today we're covering 'O', which stands for neur-O-linguistic programming.
Neuro-linguistic programming is a method for changing behaviours to help with goals. There are some techniques within this style of psychotherapy that I don’t agree with because they’re not evidence based. But visualisation is evidence based.
Most elite athletes have adopted visualisation as part of their training.
Midwives also have to perform under pressure, so we can use visualisation to great effect. It’s also useful for generalised anxiety. Many excellent midwives I've talked to use this technique without really knowing what they're doing - they just rehearse emergencies or other tense situations mentally.
To use visualisation to help with midwifery nervousness:
Think vividly about the situation you are nervous about, imagining you are super midwife. You are calm and confident and everything goes according to plan. You should cover all of your senses - hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touching, and imagine the event in perfect detail.
You can practice this technique sitting quietly, meditation stylie, when you're in traffic or dropping off to sleep.
Do this enough times and your brain will automatically put you into that space as soon as the situation crops up.
I really hope this helps!
I'd love it if you came and shared your experiences with the 'Secret Community For Midwives in the Making' : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1502481079993917/?fref=ts
And please leave me a comment with if you've got a method for coping when the s**t hits the fan!