This counts in everyday life.
I felt extremely anxious in today’s session being surrounded by new faces, new views and new boundaries. I found this challenging. I understood through my training and career that I will be faced with these feelings and thoughts as I progress. Through my training, I will gain coping mechanisms and strategies to help me perform to the best of my ability in the different situations I will encounter in my career.
I enjoyed working within the small groups for the exercises, as I felt I had the opportunity to learn about my peers and gain knowledge from their beliefs and experiences. I felt the smaller group being more personal.
I am aware that I have a lot of work to do with my communication skills as I am interrupted from time to time and talk with people. I noticed in one of the group exercises that I did that. I will now consider this for future exercises and life in general.
I really valued today because of the activity and group work. The group participated in an activity where each individual introduced themselves and the person next to them whilst divulging one fact about themselves and the other person. I found it quite enjoyable being in a small group setting, which made me feel comfortable. At times when in the presence of a lot of people, I found it hard to open up and talk about my feelings and thoughts and I did not always listen to others.
A few basic skills involved in listening include being as open, intuitive, empathetic and self-aware as possible, maintaining good eye contact, having open and attentive body orientation of posture and being as relaxed and natural as possible”(Trevithick, 2010, p. 123).
I realised from reflecting back on my own practise that the minimal encouragers I give when interacting with an individual represent one of the qualities I possess. I felt as if I had a lot to take on board as putting together all the