I agree with Christine. It took me a long time to learn how to say “no”. It is still a challenge. I have been withholding giving an answer to requests until I have time to think the request over and really look at my calendar.
I also work with a lot of clients that have very debilitating issues. My days can be a real roller coaster ride of highs and lows. A client can come in and have an excellent experience or break through moment. There is a big spike in good emotions and brain chemistry. The next client may come in and report having had fall or other set back. Their emotions can overflow onto me sometimes. And it isn’t easy to keep a positive mindset in those moments. I try to keep the good things in my mind and not let the hard moments linger too much. Some days I am mentally just cooked. I find that getting in a good workout for myself helps a lot. And I often am able to think through possible solutions and program changes for those clients while I am exercising. But sometimes I just let my mind go blank and hammer out a workout. It can really be cleansing.