Episode 103: The Post-Conference Blues

Unpacking the “Post-Conference Blues”

In the latest episode of the “Soul Care for Therapists” podcast, host Dawn Gabriel delves into a phenomenon familiar to many professionals: the feelings of emptiness and longing after a significant event, aptly termed “Post-Conference Blues.” 

Understanding the Post-Conference Blues:

Have you ever felt a noticeable drop in spirits after an exhilarating event? Dawn Gabriel, like many therapists, often feels this way after attending a particularly engaging conference. The euphoria of the event can make returning to the daily routine of work feel even more mundane and challenging. Dawn likens this feeling to inflating a balloon to its fullest, representing the peak of the event, only to have it slowly deflate upon returning to reality, mirroring the emotional downturn many experience.

Digging Deeper: Spiritual Insights 

Beyond the physical and emotional aspects, Dawn delves into the spiritual dimension of our lives. She emphasizes that we aren’t merely professionals going about our jobs; we have a spiritual essence that coexists with our human side. This dual existence can sometimes lead to an internal tension, as if we’re straddling two distinct worlds: our tangible daily life and a profound spiritual domain. However, Dawn cautions against becoming overly obsessed with chasing the highs of these events, which can inadvertently turn them into “idols” or objects of excessive desire.

When You Experience the Post-conference Blues

Her advice? Engage in a heartfelt conversation with God or any higher power you believe in. Sharing your feelings and seeking guidance can be as therapeutic as confiding in a close friend. To reinforce her point, Dawn cites a thought-provoking verse from the Bible, Jeremiah 2:13, which encourages seeking genuine, profound fulfillment rather than fleeting satisfactions. Don’t hide from your feelings, but embrace them and see where they take you as you share them with God and other people. 

Links and Resources

  • Sacred Space Community Groups – with Dawn
  • Soul Care Retreats: Exclusively for therapists who want to recharge in a deep and fulfilling way. You will engage in your own spiritual journey, find some release from the work you do, as well as connect with other therapists all while enjoying the beauty of Colorado at a secluded and peaceful retreat center. Limited to 6-8 therapists.

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