In life, it is very important that you be kind to yourself, stay true to your spirit, cherish your soul, and never doubt yourself. The kindness you show to others, you deserve the same for yourself too.
You may be having a difficult day or a difficult week. It can feel like an uphill climb to get out of that emotional and mental rut and be kind to yourself, but there are, fortunately, many tools at our disposal for resetting our attitude.
When we show ourselves kindness, we start to create new habit patterns and neuron pathways in the brain . These new “mentalities” take us from seeing everything as negative and grim to joyful, positive, and full of opportunity.
We understand kindness from the perspective of how we treat our family and friends. What if we were to take that same approach to how we treat ourselves? How would our health improve if we listened to our bodies’ signals and responded with care and compassion? These are profound questions to ask.
While having a bad day and feeling down is another part of life, we can start to implement tools into our routine that grow our self-compassion muscle even more.
Here Are 15 Ways You Can Be Kind to Yourself
1. Forgive yourself often.
This may be the best and hardest tool to implement in your life, but it is so potent! We are so hard on ourselves, and we are often our own worst critics. We can easily forgive our friends and family, but we have a harder time taking that forgiveness within.
Today, practice self-forgiveness. When you get caught up in self-blame, pause and think about how you would react to the same situation with a friend. Often, we need the same kind of forgiveness.
At the end of the day, we’re doing the best that we can. When we know better, we can do better. In the meantime, forgiveness is key.
2. Write yourself a love letter.
This is a simple yet precious way of writing your thoughts and feelings down on a piece of paper. If you really want to add a touch of extra love and be kind to yourself, pull out your fanciest stationery ! If you’re having a hard time with writing, imagine you’re writing to your younger self. What would you want to say? Often, it’s words of encouragement.
We hold a lot of compassion for ourselves in hindsight after life has tested and blessed us. Writing love letters offers us a perspective in which to find gratitude! If you want, you can also mail it to yourself, or save it and open it in a few months or even years.
3. Take care of your physical health.
This may look like going out for a walk every day in your neighborhood or favorite park; it may also look like taking a yoga class on a Saturday morning or joining a favorite gym or fitness club.
When we’re feeling down, our physical body hangs on to all of that pent-up energy and emotion. We need to clear that energy in order to maintain physical health, as well as emotional and mental health.
Whatever you choose is up to you! Just make sure it feels good and you’re having fun while you’re at it.
4. Nourish and treat yourself.
This may look like taking yourself out to dinner or cooking a delicious meal for yourself at home! Often, in times of despair, one of the first things that start to lack is our nutrition. We either don’t eat enough or we overeat, and never the right kinds of food.