Kind To Yourself

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“Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

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In order to recognize yourself as a friend, we need to be kind to yourself

Begin by making time for yourself to do something that brings you joy. You can draw, journal, write short stories, play a musical instrument, or do anything else that you love to do. Be kind to yourself by giving yourself some ‘me time‘ each day.

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Often, we are quick to acknowledge the achievements of others, but slow to acknowledge our own. Try to become aware of your own achievements and give yourself recognition. When you do something you are proud of, stop for a minute and dwell on it. Praise yourself and relish the achievement. Complement yourself. Pat yourself on the back and say the following: ‘Kudos to me!’

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We are all familiar with the inner critic. It is that little voice in our heads that is quick to judge and is always ready with a put down. Well, it is time for your inner critic to meet your inner advocate. And who exactly is this inner advocate? It is another voice in your head: the one that defends you. When your inner critic comes at you with ridicule and scorn, your inner advocate jumps in and presents arguments on your behalf. While your inner critic is against you, your inner advocate is for you.

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One of the best ways to show yourself kindness is to take good care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat fruits and vegetables, and do some form of exercise on a regular basis. Choose a way to release stress, be well groomed, and look after your appearance.

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Self-respect is valuing yourself for who you are, and not allowing others to dictate your value. It is trusting yourself, thinking for yourself, forming your own opinions, and making your own decisions. In addition, it is refusing to compare yourself to others.

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Finally, self-respect is about keeping your promises to yourself and following through on what you tell yourself that you’re going to do. Be kind to yourself by deeply respecting yourself.

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There is only one person in the world you will always have a relationship with, and that is yourself. Look for ways to improve that relationship today.

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Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”
Roy T. Bennett

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