Guilt is such a tricky feeling. A feeling we often load onto ourselves but that other people also use as ammunition against us. This week, we're here to say HEY, IT'S OKAY to do the following and shed any feelings if guilt. We've got you!
1) Eat at least one Twirl chocolate bar a day.
Anyone who has worked along side me will know that my day is not complete without a Twirl and I'm unashamed. If you have a food guilty pleasure that you perhaps think 'Maybe I should cut this one out?' Don't be too hard on yourself! We all need things that are treats, they give us motivation and on a dull day (err yes!) it's something nice to look forward to. Everything in moderation because cutting out causes crazy cravings.
2) Not have applied to ten jobs this week.
Job applications are not about quantity, they are about quality. If you can find a job that you think you're right for, and the company's values align with yours, take your time to apply and make it worth TEN generic applications. Don't compete with others who may have applied for hundreds of jobs. This is not a numbers game it's a skills and networking one.
3) To have missed your intended three runs this week.
I have told myself time and time again that I am going to get out there and get my fitness strong. Healthy heart = healthy mind, right? But sometimes I struggle and I'm not going to beat myself up about it. As long as I am getting myself outside each day, even just for a walk with the dogs, that is enough. Fresh air and a walk round the block is often the exact tonic I need to motivate myself.
4) To not have not pivoted.
Oh Fatima. As a girl who once only ever dreamt of a career on stage I can relate to Fatima. Re-training isn't the focus here, it's being comfortable with knowing you're still working out your future pivot. A dancer's career is always limited by time so use this time to develop what you want your future career to hold but don't feel guilty if you've got no idea...these decisions take time and right now your job title is PROFESSIONAL DANCER.
5) Give yourself a holiday, despite being unemployed.
Applying for roles is a FULL TIME JOB in itself and it is incredibly important for your mental health that you give yourself a break. If Cyprus is out of the budget scope and a staycation has been ruined by your local 'Tier' rating, manage your time so that you can give yourself a couple of days off to recuperate. We've been in this for eight months now, you're strong so take a break.
6) To not know what you're doing right now!
It is okay to feel a bit lost and it is okay to not feel Very Okay At All. Make sure you continue to share your fears with those closest to you because everyone needs support sometimes.