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46 | Start Feeling Like Yourself Again with William Pullen

You’re going to have bad body image days.

It’s normal and no matter what you look like, it’s bound to happen now and then.

But when the bad days turn into bad weeks, months, or even years…that’s when you know you have to really try to get yourself out of the rut.

One way to start feeling like yourself again is to give your mind a break and try something called empathy runs.

You can do empathy walks, too, if you’re not feeling up to a full running pace.

This allows your body to take over and your mind to relax.

We’re constantly thinking about what’s next, remembering to pay bills, etc. that we forget about the moment we’re in right now.

So exercise, or just movement of your body, helps break this pattern.

On this episode of Confidently She, our guest is a British psychotherapist and yes his accent is awesome.

William Pullen specializes in what’s called dynamic running therapy that combines mindfulness, running, and talk therapy to create understanding and change.

I’m excited about this for a few reasons. First, training for my marathon 5 years ago was one of the best things I did for my mental strength. Working on one element of your health (mental, physical, or emotional) makes you see how connected it all is.

Second, running is a great way to connect with your body and let your mind rest. It’s like moving meditation and I didn’t realize until I started meditating how great running really is.

Finally, running and mental health are two of my favorite topics. Let’s get into the episode!

Key takeaways from this episode include:

  • Lasting change starts by taking small steps every day
  • Don’t look too far ahead or you’ll never get started
  • Listen to hear the other person, not to solve their problem

You can find William’s book on Amazon here.

 

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