Over the past couple days since my last blog post a lot has happened, with myself and the group. I believe everyone, including myself, is becoming more comfortable with the new cultures as many more of us are beginning to branch out and explore. In part with branching out we are also able to start implementing some of our lifestyles into our lives here. As we continue to adjust, we are starting to create a sort of schedule or routine.
Initially I felt as if I was thrown into a culture that I had some knowledge about, however experiencing it in person is a whole new level of understanding. I am getting used to the constant honking of the motorbikes on the windy mountain roads, as well as the cuisine. My stress, anxiety, and especially my stomach is starting to settle. A major influence on me beginning to relax is the solo sessions we have had, as well as working out. The two solo sessions forced me to slow down, think, and realize there is no reason to be overwhelmed. Everyone in my group is beginning to experience this, which is creating a close community where everyone feels comfortable sharing their feelings. While this has helped in a group scenario, working out has helped me immensely. Although there are no free weights at the Hanifl Centre, body weight workouts in part with the view create a very therapeutic environment. I have been able to really push myself due to the elevation causing physical stress on my breathing when working out. The solo sessions, as well as the environment when working out are the main reasons why I am seeing a large amount of success on this program.
Another thing that has happened is we began our Wilderness Advanced First Aid training. We were bombarded with information from Vipul and Shantanu, who are our Hanifl Center teachers/trainers/friends. This portion of the program put the trek into perspective as it is only eight days away. We started using this large amount of information in fake field scenarios, which a lot of the group was nervous about. Even though the scenarios were fake I felt a large amount of stress and anxiety, even when Vipul continued to tell us to “cheat” by using our notes. After completing the first day, I feel great going into a lot of scenarios tomorrow.
My biggest takeaway from the training that I can relate back to leadership is awareness. When entering a scene, the number one thing to do is be aware of all the elements. This allows for not only the patient to be safer, but more importantly myself. When it comes to leadership awareness is one of the most important factors. Having good awareness as a leader creates a comfortable and effective group setting. As the leader you can understand how each member feels and how they may react to different stressors.
To conclude, over the past couple days where a lot has happened, I have become more comfortable and motivated to succeed in the program.
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