That dread. You wake up in the early morning hours feeling as though you are swallowing fire, ears aching, head full of cotton wool, and all you can think is oh no. Please no. I can’t be sick. I don’t have time to be sick. I’ve made commitments to clients to help them feel better. I have a business to run. I have things to do.
So, you layer on feeling physically rotten with feeling mentally rotten. Having to change appointments, messing with someone’s already limited time, you can’t help but feel as though you’ve let them down, disappointed them.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we pile on the guilt rather than pile on the duvet? Why do we feel anxious rather then rested? Why do we punish ourselves for being human?
Between the cold & flu relief tablets, the boxes of tissues, the endless cups of tea..these are the worries that fill my mind. With the winter we’re having, I doubt I’m the only one.
Be kind to yourself,
I’m having a bit of a wow moment. Five years ago today, I officially became a qualified Massage Therapist and started a very new journey.
In my previous working life, I was an executive assistant and worked a lot of hours supporting high level, very busy, very stressed out people. I decided that life was too short for that degree of anxiety and stress, and I decided to make a massive change.
When I see how far I’ve come, it’s truly humbling and my “work” still makes me ridiculously happy.
Even this week, I’ve had clients comment on the changes their regular massage treatments have made to their lives, beyond what they originally came in for.
One is training for their first marathon, but noticed that overall their stress level has decreased significantly at work and at home, and they feel they are dealing with issues in a much calmer, clear-headed way.
Another client, said that partially based on their first treatment, they decided to make some positive changes to their health, the biggest one being that they quit smoking.
Being a working therapist and business owner is the hardest, yet most rewarding work I’ve ever done. A massive thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey. I’m excited to see what the next five years hold!