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The right to feel good about yourself
The right to feel however you want to feel
The right to express your feelings in your own personal way The right to say no without guilt
The right to privacy
The responsibility to ask for something if you want it
I’m sitting in a small, grey room feeling doubtful and hopeful at the same time. I am a couple of weeks into a course of sessions with an NHS mental health practitioner, whom even after only 2 or 3 meetings, I feel su
“I have earnt my crumble and custard today!” “If I eat this now, I must do that 45-minute HiiT tomorrow” “I am feeling down today. A run may help me feel better” “I love how strong I feel” “If I don’t exercise today I will lose my progress and won’t reach my target weight” “I may as well eat it all now (usually on a Sunday) and work harder during the week” “Going out for a family get-together today – must get that workout in this morning” “Absolutely loved that game (netball)
It’s time for some role-play. Not that kind (internal eye-roll). This is what we do every day. Playing our role.
So here we go…out of bed (ughh), get dressed, prep the mind for what is coming today (who are you are seeing or looking after? What version of you are they expecting to meet? What do they need?) Ok, now plaster on the smile, deep breath and away you go! Script in hand, happy face, expectations met. Boom! Success. I survived.
This was (and still can be) how I