11 Ways To Be Kind To Yourself

A few days ago a made a blog post about reasons you should be kind to yourself. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you head over to my blog, and check it out. Inspired by my other post. Today I will be sharing with you guys way to be kind to yourself! I hope this helps you guys! Enjoy!

  • Gratitude Journal, writing down a few things you feel grateful for help to improve your mood outstandingly. For example, in my journal, I wrote that I was thankful for being able to see and experience all the nature in the world. Start small but stay consistent, by writing down the things that make you happy and feel blessed, you will start to see positive changes in yourself and your mood.

It’s best to start writing your gratitude’s down first thing in the morning to start the day off on a positive note, or you can also write them down before you go to bed. I find before bed best suits me as it leaves me with a full heart and peaceful mind, making it much easier to stay asleep throughout the night. Everyone is different, so try them both out, see which method works best for you, and stay consistent with it. Consistency is key.

  • You Time, It’s essential that every day that you dedicate some time for yourself. You owe it to yourself to take time out of the day to do something that brings you joy. Anything your heart desires, read, write, draw, paint your nails, do your make up, fix your hair, whatever leaves you feeling good about yourself inside, and out.
  • Praise Yourself Often. Give yourself recognition for even the smallest accomplishments. When you feel proud of yourself, don’t be ashamed to compliment yourself and celebrate with a pat on the back and a bottle of wine. ANY accomplishment is one step closer to reaching your long term goals, and praising yourself helps to keep you motivated to continue working toward crossing achievements off your list.
  • Challenge Your Negative Thoughts. When you notice negative thoughts starting to crowd your mind, think of things you can do or say to yourself to contradict the negative thoughts occurring in your subconscious mind, by exchanging them with positive thoughts. I’ll use myself as an example I struggle with comparing myself to others. “Why can’t I look like that?” or “I wish I had that.” Instead of letting myself dwell on my negative thoughts, I try to reassure myself with encouraging and positive facts about myself. ” I am beautiful just the way I am inside and out.” ” I have everything I ever wanted. I am truly blessed,” Some days I have to repeat myself loudly to stop the negative thoughts.
  • Giving Yourself Forgiveness, Making mistakes is a way of life, but it’s all about how we learn and grow from the mistakes made, how we carry on with ourselves afterward. If you’ve made a mistake and still beat yourself up over it, you can never expect to be happy in anything you do.

Forgive yourself and move forward. At least now you know what NOT to do, and that’s better than not knowing anything at all. Don’t let your past hold you back from becoming your best version of yourself and STOP blaming yourself. Forgive and Forget!

  • Self Care Routine. Self-care routines are never the same between the others around you. Everyone is different, so find which self-care activities benefit you best and stick to it. When you feel they aren’t giving off the same satisfaction, try out a new one.
    • Here are a few examples of some Self-Care Activities.
      1. Get a Good Nights Sleep. Lack of sleep frequently can be very hazardous to your overall health and mental health, so you must get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep to remain focused, happy, and healthy.
      2. Eat Your Fruits & Veggies. Although you might not like it, your body does, and it needs it.
      3. Exercise Regularly, now this doesn’t mean it has to be intense heavy lifting. It can be as simple as taking a walk for 15-30 minutes. Whatever sort of movement done frequently influences the mind and body in a positive and rewarding way.
      4. Get Some Sun! Vitamin D, also known as “the sunshine vitamin,” a very significant ingredient needed to maintaining overall health in the mind, body, and soul, providing many benefits such as lowering high blood pressure and improves brain function, also who doesn’t like fresh air?
      5. Read a Book or Learn Something New, anything to get your brain going. Not only will you feel good about yourself, but it helps to stay mindful, and to be more present.
      6. Treat Yourself, It’s okay to buy yourself a gift now and then or to pamper yourself with a tasty dessert, or a Mani/Pedi. As long as you know your limits and know when to stop, it’s good for your mind and soul to give yourself rewards.
      7. Skin-Care Routine, If your skin feels good, you feel good. Take a bubble bath, use a face mask, fix your hair, moisturize your body, etc. Anything that helps your skin to look and feel beautiful.
  • Believe in Your Affirmations. Anybody can write an affirmation, but can you write it, and honestly believe in it? Just saying ” I am loved” isn’t good enough. You have to mean it, and sincerely believe in it!
  • Know Your Goals, It’s important to know what you want in life. It makes it more natural to stay on track of what is needed to achieve your bigger picture. Writing down your goals gives you the chance to see your dreams in person. Not to mention the sensation you get when you get to cross your goals off, getting closer and closer to your best you!
  • Respect Yourself, Love yourself for who you are, trust yourself, voice your opinion, own your decisions, learn and grow from your mistakes, but never under any circumstances, do you EVER bully yourself, compare yourself to others or blame yourself. You are the only one in the world like you, own that shit and shine!
  • Show Compassion, It’s always good to show others compassion, buts it crucial to give yourself self-compassion first.
    • A few examples of Self-Compassion include:
      • Write a letter to yourself. Write about the hard times you’ve endured, and how you came up from it, what you learned from the experience. Acknowledging then releasing the past helps to see how the trauma of the past has shaped us into the person you are today. Afterward, it will leave you feeling positive and motivated, more at peace with yourself and your past.
      • Meditation, Meditation, good for the mind, body, and soul, our body craves the mindfulness experience. Meditating rewards you with the feeling of being zen, at peace with yourself and the world around you. There are many videos, websites, tips on how to meditate if your new to the zen.
      • Relax. Take time out of the day to do something you really enjoy or solely do nothing at all. Take a nap, watch a movie, kick your feet up after a long day, you deserve it!
      • Take Yourself on A Date. Get dressed up, do your makeup, and fix your hair, have yourself a date night. Take yourself somewhere romantic. Doing so offers the opportunity to learn about yourself more, become more experienced with needs and desires.
  • Have Trust in Yourself. Trust your gut feeling. Never second guess yourself, have faith that you know what is best for you, and follow your heart without hesitation.
  • Memory Journal. Write down your fondest memories. Anyone you can remember that brings you joy. Write about any event that happened that you can reflect on when you are feeling uneasy or upset. It can be as simple as going to the pet park to play with random dogos, to personal ones like a memory of joking around laughing with a loved one.

Being kind to yourself is step one closer to a happier, more energetic you! Choose to be happy. Choose to be generous. Choose the best version of yourself every day.

I hope you guys enjoyed and I hope this helps you learn to love yourself more!♥

-xoxo
Brittany

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