Time to flip that Golden Rule around:
"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
I say: "Do unto you as you would do unto others"
Meaning: Treat yourself as you would treat those in your life!
Be your own best friend.
Cheer and add support for yourself as you would for a loved one.
For me, that includes how I am with my clients. I want to be as available, understanding, helpful and supportive as I possibly can.
Why wouldn't I want to be that for me, too?!
When you hear this, you may think....yes, of course! However, do you implement it?
Sometimes we just need the reminder of things we already know.
BE YOUR OWN CHEERLEADER!
BE YOUR OWN FUCKING AWESOME BESTIE!
Whenever you are feeling low, ask yourself:
What would I say to or do for a good friend or loved one who is feeling this way?
THEN DO THAT VERY THING FOR YOU!
(this includes the possibility of pouring yourself a hot bevvie and having a supportive, uplifting conversation with yourself. No judgement here - I do it all the time! Chat away!)
The photo attached to this blog post is something I did for myself.
As I was getting ready for bed one night last week, my internal dialogue was: "Fuck, I really don't want to work out tomorrow."
Followed by: "I know, I know...I will be happier and healthier once I do, though."
To help encourage the latter statement, I decided to do what I would suggest a client do in the same situation.
PUT OUT YOUR WORKOUT CLOTHES BY THE SINK, READY FOR THE NEXT DAY.
Add on: I left a sticky note too (which I totally would do for a client) that said: YOU WILL FEEL SO AWESOME AFTER!!
1) It felt great doing this for myself
2) It worked :)
The next morning I saw it and it put me in the right frame of mind.
Just what I needed.
So cheesy. So simple. So effective!
(Caveat: If I had experienced a super shitty night's sleep, I would then decide what kind of workout I would take on (if any!) Most importantly, I wouldn't beat myself up about it if I chose to go a little lighter - just like I wouldn't be mean to a client or loved one!)
The next time you are experiencing a feeling that you aren't particularly enjoying, try asking yourself: What would I do unto another who is feeling this?
Then: DO UNTO YOU!
Say encouraging things to YOU.
Leave sticky notes of love and support for YOU. (pack them in your lunch even!!!)
Comfort yourself with nice things you would give to a friend - go buy an beautiful mug, a lovely blanket, a cozy pair of slippers only for YOU.
YOU ARE SO VALUABLE! Never forget that (put it on a sticky note, please and thank you!)