You know how most New Year’s resolutions are forgotten within two weeks?
A similar thing can happen with therapy. You start off supercharged, determined to go through daily boot camp of repetitious, mind-numbing exercises. You go through a couple days of this . . . then you either get tired of it, lose motivation, or, as Scott Smith of Motivation to Move says, “life gets in the way.”
The trick to any kind of goal setting is to be realistic in your expectations of yourself. You can’t be the type who goes to the gym maybe once a month and then all of a sudden be like “I’m going to the gym every day for the rest of my life.”
Know yourself and what you’re actually able to take on now. Begin small, and as you accumulate the habit, you can then step it up and build up to a much greater and impressive goal.
So start off with once a week. Then two. Et cetera. You may find yourself later going five or six days a week, which is great! Just don’t expect yourself to be there six days of the week when you’re not even usually going at all.
Remember, “An inch is a cinch, but a mile takes a while.”
This is why therapists ask their outpatient clients to do their exercises once a day. To me, that seemed like too little, so I asked if that would actually make any difference at all. A therapist answered me by saying a lot of patients don’t have the drive to do anything at all when they are on their own, so even once a day is asking a lot of them.
You and I both know once a day isn’t going to supercharge your recovery, but at least it’s something.
So start there.
To our healing,