What does "bra research" have to do with self care?
A lot, actually.
Er, let me back up.
One of my favorite clients wanted to get more exercise. But, she'd never achieved a runner's high, was bored by the treadmill, and described exercise as something that "doesn't excite me and has never excited me". (Girl, I feel you.)
It was something she'd tried and failed at doing more of in the past, yet saw how great it was for her mental health.
We talked big picture. She told me how she needed to own her life more. How she'd sometimes get ideas, really good ideas, but not get traction. How she wanted to build her muscle for change and know she was able to make changes in her life.
Beneath her goal to get more exercise was a deep longing to become a different kind of person.
At the end of our first session, she picked her action steps for the next two weeks, as all my clients get to do. My favorite step?
As we'd talked about creative ways to remove barriers to exercising, my client mentioned that the hassle of having to plan ahead to bring workout clothes to work, then change, was often enough to discourage her from trying in the first place. If she could find a workout bra that could double as an everyday bra, she'd have made exercising in her work's exercise room that much easier.
And research bras she did! Two weeks later, she'd found one that could go from work to workout, making it that much easier to swing by the exercise room.
She was on her way to being the kind of person who could make changes in her life.
Psst, did you know?
I write about clients like the one above because they teach me about failure in motherhood and inspire me to keep growing, even in impossible circumstances.
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