Role-Playing: Self-Confidence 101
When you, or someone you know, is food allergic, it often seems daunting to have to defend yourself and your actions around food in order to stay safe. Some friends, family members, or coworkers seem " not to get it" when it comes to your allergies.
Role-playing can be an effective way to practice what to do and say in a set of circumstances in which you might find yourself. Role-playing is the changing of one's behavior to assume a role, to act out ways and practice what you might think, how you might feel, and what you can say during certain situations. For example, maybe you are an adult who developed food allergies and you are not used to having to think about all that needs to be considered when you simply sit down at a restaurant. What do you say to the waiter? Do you need to talk to a manager? How do you let the kitchen know that cross contact must be kept in consideration no matter what ingredients go into your food preparations?
These practice sessions can go a long way in making you feel more sure of yourself, and having confidence will help you advocate for yourself, and others, thus allowing you to live your life the way you choose.
If you would like to discuss role-playing and other safe guards necessary to keep a food allergic person safe, please contact me.