|A common discussion with clients right now is about they are comparing themselves to their pre-lockdown self.|
A common discussion with clients right now is about they are comparing themselves to their pre-lockdown self.
There’s no doubt this last year has been a rollercoaster.
We still feel the same feelings as before lockdown but now it is heightened as the world opens up again and along with it that inner critic speaks louder than ever before.
Could we have done more in lockdown? Should we be coming out fitter, stronger, with a few less pounds on our waistline? From could we have done more with our days to wondering if lockdown was actually a wasted opportunity.
Armitage, a media and business psychologist, explains that this “gap” between our pre-lockdown achievement expectations and what we expect to achieve now creates “cognitive dissonance” – a phenomenon which leads to the guilt we’re all feeling right now.
“We have to change our psychological approach to the situation and not expect too much of ourselves” She says.
And lets be honest.
The world has changed and is still changing and we wouldn’t compare ourselves in chapter 1 of a book to someone on chapter 15 so why would we compare ourselves now to our pre-lockdown self?
Comparison of any kind has to be the biggest trigger of negative thought patterns.
To overcome this you need to celebrate making it this far regardless of the extra few pounds on the hips. Think of your strengths that shone in lockdown. Celebrate the other areas of your life that brought joy and showed how far you’ve come.
Juggling homeschooling and home working.
Keeping the family connected.
The list is endless.
So this week we invite you to STOP comparing yourself to your pre-lockdown self. Whether it’s from a running, fitness or a body perspective.
Celebrate the small wins that came with lockdown and stop with the comparisons. Don’t put lots of pressure on yourself to return to any pre-lockdown fitness regime but instead look at what small steps you can take along the way to guide you through this next chapter positively. Work on those small wins.
Our Shred 20 program (just 20 minutes a day, 5 times a week) started this week but we also have opened up a 4 x class pass to any of our Stronger Together classes (live or recorded version) to help you with bringing in those little bite sized chunk steps.
We look forward to looking forward with you, afterall there’s no point looking back, we aren’t heading that way.
Karen and The Elite Conditioning Team
1st May – Award winning Stronger Together 30 day Fitness, Nutrition and well-being program
3rd May – Shred 20
4th May – Shred 40 small group PT sessions
7th June – Running courses for the summer term start