Maybe you can try to find something to keep your mind active in between clients. I know I tend to get a lot more depressed when I don't have enough to do. At my last job, I worked in investments & as the markets got worse & there was less & less work, everything just seemed so dark all the time. There wasn't much positive going on -- but there isn't really anything more positive going on in my life right now, the only thing that's changed has been that now I have a new, temporary job that keeps my mind busy during the day.
Maybe you could take a class, join a book club, do some quick yoga/pilates/strength training, take up a hobby, etc. that you could work on in between clients. That way, you're not waiting around, letting your mind stir up trouble for you. :)
Just a thought. I know it helps me, so hopefully you will find it helps you a bit as well. I sure hope you start getting more clients soon. I'm sure a lot of people miss coming to see you & are eagerly waiting for the economy to turn around so they can go back to getting massages. btw -- maybe getting a massage for yourself could even help a bit. I know the osteopath I sometimes see has taken on a student. The student works for free & it gives my doctor a chance to try his hand at teaching (which also gave him a break from the physical part of the job). In between appointments, the student could ask questions or, even better, practice on the osteopath (who was eventually very happy to eventually have a free source of regular massages from someone who was trained to give massages exactly the way he did them himself :) Just a thought -- I don't know whether it would work for you or not, but I thought I'd mention it in the hopes that if you can't copy it, perhaps it would spark another idea that would work for you.
take care & feel better,
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