Taking care of yourself

"How to take care of yourself?" One-on-one with Audrey Gérard, psychologist-clinician

April 7th is the World Health Day. For this occasion, we interviewed one of our Ressource&Moi coaches, Audrey GERARD. Audrey is a psychologist-clinician, driven by the desire to guide her patients every day on the path to wellness. She shares with us her vision of health, the concept of "taking care of oneself" and explains how she integrates SOPHRO COSMETICS® in her approach.

Health is defined as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Audrey, how do you see this World Health Day ?

I think it is important to talk about health. I would like to remind you that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is defined as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

It is therefore a holistic vision of the human being. This includes both a well-being in the body, but also in the head and in the environment in which we find ourselves. As a psychologist, it is very important to take into account the human being as a whole.

This aspect will allow us to consider symptoms, which will be lodged in the body. But they can sometimes be due to a stressful environment. Indeed, a stress at work will make us take particular postures. Tensions will then accumulate in the body and have repercussions on our daily life. For example, if you have a poorly adapted office chair, in a stressful environment, you are likely to have tensions in certain joints (especially in the neck, back, or hips). You may be less productive, less focused in what you do. This will inevitably have an impact on your work, on the perception you have of yourself and on the environment as well.

As a psychologist, what advice do you give to your patients to take care of themselves, their physical and mental health? What are the main pillars of the concept of "taking care of yourself"?

Taking care of yourself: a necessity to accept

First of all, it is about accepting to take time for yourself. The most important part of the work is already taking the step. When my patients come to my office, it's already time that they allow themselves...And that they agree to allow themselves. So no one is obliged to go and see a psychologist, on the other hand, this can be translated into certain other actions like :

  • Go for a 20-minute walk during your lunch break,
  • Get some fresh air for half an hour,
  • Drink plenty of water during the day,
  • Discuss with colleagues.

In short, it is a matter of trying not to always be focused on the same task or thought which can be repetitive.

It is really important to oxygenate yourself as much as possible and to breathe especially (by learning to do it well).

And you, Audrey, as a psychologist and therefore a health professional, what need did you want to meet by taking a closer look at sophrology and SOPHRO COSMETICS®?

I already had in mind to find a tool that would allow people to go beyond the analysis, to reconnect to themselves through the body, but also through the mind. So I was already very interested in sophrology, relaxation, yoga, in a personal capacity. When I met you, the RESSOURCE CORPS-MENTAL ® team, with the SOPHRO MASK ® tool, I found the idea really interesting, especially by taking into consideration the global approach: combining external beauty but also internal beauty.

We know that when we are relaxed, our thoughts and ideas are clearer, and that our body is better. This can be seen on our face as well.

We see many people who after a relaxation session don't have the same approach. They will have more open shoulders, a wider smile etc... and so SOPHRO COSMETICS® has attracted me a lot and I find that this tool responds better to this demand. Our lives are currently very rhythmic and we have little time for ourselves. With the SOPHRO MASK®, in 20 minutes, we can combine the beauty of the spirit and the beauty of the face with the hydration and the relaxation that the SOPHRO MASK® and the audio of sophrology will provide. So that's what was interesting: to be able to do it at home or in the form of group workshops, whether remote or face-to-face.

How exactly do you integrate SOPHRO MASK® into your work?

In addition to what we do in therapy, because the patients have a demand for exercises at home, techniques, tricks that will allow them to find well-being between two sessions. So, I propose them after having evaluated with their needs. We talk about it if they already have an attraction for sophrology, relaxation. I then explain to them how it works and if they are attracted by the product, I continue to introduce it to them. As a psychologist, I do not prescribe like a doctor. I present, I direct the people towards this tool to which I was trained by the brand (in its use). They like the concept very much.

On all our SOPHRO COSMETICS® offer® What are the 3 SOPHRO MASKS® that you promote the most to your patients?

I think first of all of theSOPHRO MASK® Calm Beauty, Breathing sessionbecause many people have points in the chest, pain, tension in the plexus. They then need to find out how to breathe deeply, to learn how to breathe again. This is my number one.

Then the SOPHRO CURE® Sleep because breathing problems often go hand in hand with difficulties in finding sleep.

And depending on the patient, I also often offer them the SOPHRO MASK® Calm Beauty, Double Relaxation session and the SOPHRO MASK® Positive Beauty, Positive Projection session.
When people have made good progress with me on issues related to self-esteem, depression, etc., I find that the SOPHRO MASK® Positive Beauty, Positive Projection session can be interesting. It allows you to regain confidence and finally to find a more positive vision of things!

Who is Audrey?

I am Audrey GERARD, I am 37 years old, I am a clinical psychologist in Nancy since September 2015, following a resumption of studies.

Previously, I worked for five years in management and human resources. I finally wanted to get back in touch with the human aspect of care and well-being.

I also studied performing arts (with a part of cycle at the conservatory of dramatic art in Nancy and a license in performing arts in 2008).

As a psychologist I do not prescribe like a doctor. I refer people to SOPHRO COSMETICS®, which I have been trained to use by the brand RESSOURCE Corps-Mental.

To find Audrey :

Insta: @mabullepsycho

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