Be Gentle With Yourself
by Kathleen Ingalls, PT, DPT
Be gentle with yourself. This saying has become the theme of my 20s, and it’s a frequent, kind reminder I get from my dad. It used to be something I heard when I called home from PT school feeling overwhelmed, and now I hear it at Wednesday night dinners when I’m worrying over, well, life. I think it’s something we all need to be reminded of at times.
So often I hear from patients, “there are people out there worse off than me. I’m not sure why I’m here." And that’s when I climb on my soapbox. Yes, you can most likely look around and find someone suffering more than you, but it doesn’t take away from what you’re going through. Be gentle with yourself.
Many of those same people say, “I feel like I just come in here and complain.” I’m here to tell you that if there’s a time and place for discussing your aches and pains, it’s here. The most effective way to progress in therapy is thorough communication with your PT. You shouldn’t think of it as complaining. Be gentle with yourself.
Lastly, it’s so easy to find ourselves comparing our progress to others. I often hear, “look at her. She’s doing so much better than I am, and we had
the same surgery.” Everyone’s situation is different, and everyone progresses at her own pace. Be gentle with yourself.
If you’ve found yourself at Dynamix saying or thinking of any of these things, it’s ok! Just know we’re here to remind you—be gentle with yourself. We’re here for you!