Tips On Being Kinder To Yourself. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing five tips on being kinder to yourself. If you are reading this, we have no doubts that you are a kind and compassionate person, but just as much as you are kind to others, you have to be kind to yourself. Practising kindness towards yourself gives you the power of self-acceptance, self-compassion, self-love, and general personal growth. All these are important throughout your life’s journey, so if you are interested in learning to love yourself more, keep reading this article!
Why Is Self-Love Important?
There are many reasons why self-love is necessary, all of which relate to your relationship with yourself and others.
Here are just a couple of the reasons why self-love is essential:
- It teaches you to embrace yourself just the way you are
- It gives you the ability to forgive yourself for any mistakes in your past
- It lets you move on from past trauma
- Increases self-worth
- Making it easier to let go of what you might think is ‘imperfections.’
- Improves sleeping habits by dealing with anxiety and depression struggles
Tips On Being Kinder To Yourself
Undoubtedly, being kind to yourself is easier said than done, especially if you have already developed self-sabotaging habits like negative self-affirmations or self-punishments. Nevertheless, it can all be reversed for your greater good, so let’s look at the actionable tips you can take.
Give Time To Yourself
At this moment, you are probably dedicating more time to your job, family, and friends than you are giving to yourself… And this is something normal, but quite frankly, it is not sustainable, so you should change it!
Take time throughout your day to do something you love, whether painting, walking through the park, baking, playing an instrument, or just taking a long warm bath. It’s essential to have some ‘me-time’.
Time spent out of productivity and enjoyment is your opportunity to reflect on everything else and make the necessary adjustments.
Give yourself recognition for your accomplishments. When you achieve a small or big goal, you have to celebrate, bring the bubbly and praise yourself!
Instead of waiting for recognition from others, you should pat yourself on the back when you do something you can be proud of.
You deserve it!
Fuel Your Inner Advocate
We are all our worst enemies and are sometimes harder on ourselves than anyone else is – your inner critic can be super judgmental, and it has to be silenced.
Try to go one day without criticizing yourself; instead of fueling your inner critic, cultivate the little voice in your head that stands up to criticism and defends you – your internal advocate.
This requires a different level of self-awareness, as the inner critic is usually hardwired and has already established a believable (negative) story about you.
Get over that!
Embrace Your Good Qualities
What are your good qualities? Write them all down and embrace them as your strengths while cultivating them to be even stronger.
Even though you might not have the best temperament in the world, you make up for it by having a keen eye for detail; focus on your good qualities, and they’ll overshadow weaknesses.
In the same way, as our bodies are a reflection of what we eat, our minds are a reflection of the thoughts and information we put in there, too! Give yourself daily affirmations like, “I’m Enough!”, “I’m Worthy!”, “I Deserve the Best!”, “I Can Do It!”.
You are making these positive phrases part of your daily life will drastically affect how you see yourself. This works because an affirmation, repeated enough times, can rewire your subconscious habits on an emotional, physical and mental level.
Everyone has faults and victories, weaknesses and strengths, sound characteristics and bad habits – embrace yourself for all you are: the good and the bad!
When we stop criticizing ourselves for our faults, we can be much more accepting and content in our skin – accepting yourself is the most extraordinary form of self-love and should be reinforced daily.
The Self-Love Movement Continues
Self-love should never be misunderstood as selfishness or self-obsession. A lot of self-love is a very healthy part of your relationship with yourself.
The great thing about continuing this movement and implementing methods to increase the love for yourself is that it will spill over into others’ lives.
Don’t be shy. Give yourself a big hug and some much-needed love, and share that with others.
Make self-love contagious.
I hope you enjoyed that.
These are very valid points you have raised. I’ll keep these in mind.
Important tips to lead a happy and fulfilling life. Thanks for shraing
I totally agree with you some people think of it as selfish but it’s not. It’s great to practice self love and accept ourselves.
Aaawww yeah! I love the tip talking about taking the credit for your accomplishments so much. We have been trained so much to skip that part out, when celebrating our achievements and it’s so heart-breaking!
This is a must read for everyone. Slow down and embrace all the goodness in you and be kind to yourself.
This is a good reminder for sure. I am definitely hard on myself and it is good to appreciate things.
Rose Ann Sales
These are all really important and great tips. Making time for yourself and learn how to accept yourself is so important.
I think its also important to not be so hard on yourself and forgive yourself. Awesome tips here Sonia.
Taking time for yourself is so important. For me, that’s reading a book or working on my scrapbooks. Lately I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time but I am making time for me this week.
Everyone needs to read this and really soak it in. None of us are as kind to ourselves as we should be.
All of these are wonderful tips, I know I personally need to work on this! I am often quite hard on myself, drives my husband nuts but I can’t seem to not do it.
How important of a topic is this?! Embracing your good qualities is so integral to this work.
These are all excellent tips for leading a more fulfilling life. Thank you for always sharing your knowledge!