Learn how to start the new year being kind to yourself!

Being kind to ourselves is an important aspect of self-care and personal growth. However, it can be difficult to practice self-kindness when you are feeling overwhelmed or dealing with negative thoughts.

Here are six suggestions to help you.

  1. Practise self-compassion. Self-compassion involves treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a friend. Instead of criticising yourself for mistakes or negative thoughts, try to be understanding and supportive.
  2. Treat yourself with kindness. This means being gentle and patient with yourself, rather than pushing yourself too hard or being too critical. Take time out to do things you enjoy, such as reading a book, watching a movie, or going for a walk.
  3. Set realistic goals. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to feelings of failure and self-criticism. Instead, set goals that are challenging but achievable. Then if you fail to achieve a goal, be kind to yourself and try again.
  4. Speak kindly to yourself. Pay attention to the language you use when talking to yourself. Try to avoid using negative or harsh words and try to use kind positive and compassionate language.
  5. Forgive yourself. Forgiving yourself is an important aspect of self-kindness. We all make mistakes, so it’s important to forgive yourself for past mistakes and focus on moving forward. I have written several meditations to help people with forgiveness.
  6. Seek professional help when needed. If you find it hard to be kind to yourself, or if your negative thoughts are impacting your daily life, it is important to seek professional help. A therapist can help you work through your thoughts and emotions in a safe and supportive way.

Overall, being kind to yourself is an ongoing process that require effort and practice. By setting realistic goals, speaking kindly to yourself, and seeking professional help when  needed, you can become more self-compassionate and happier.

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