Be Kind to Yourself
We’re used to hearing the importance of being kind to others.
We know all about the Golden Rule, treating someone the way you want to be treated.
I often wonder if we approach our own failures and short comings with the same grace we strive to give others.
We’re all experiencing additives to stress, anxiety and the unknown.
As these things will likely continue, one way we can counter their negative effects is to practice kindness within.
This isn’t giving ourselves permission to slack on our lives entirely and it doesn’t mean omitting everything we’re accountable to.
Being kind to yourself means acknowledging that you’re not perfect, mistakes are inevitable and bad days happen.
It’s allowing yourself space to mentally reset and experience grace for the things you can’t control.
It means giving yourself permission to grow through discomfort in hopes of a more positive outlook in the end.
It means recognizing that you’re human. You can’t be all things to everyone and yourself simultaneously.
Here are a few examples of what being kind to yourself could look like…
- If you perform poorly on an exam, instead of dwelling on the thought ” you may not be as smart as everyone else,” pause and take a breath. Ask yourself if you did your best and took advantage of all the resources offered to you and be honest in your assessment. If you did, take in the feedback received and try a different approach to preparing for your next exam.
- If you notice you’re excessively tired, and it’s effecting your focus and productivity, allow yourself time and space to refuel. This will look different for every person and their unique situation but some ideas can include cashing in vacation days, gifting yourself with something you love or moving your bed time up and putting your phone on DNS (do not disturb).
- If you want to change up your routine by learning a new skill or perhaps traveling but aren’t sure how, start small. Do a Google search of local classes happening in your area (in-person or virtual) and pick a class to attend for 30 days. For travel, consider visiting unexplored nearby cities and then venture to further destinations.
With that said, remember to be kind to yourself today and always. Saturday (November 13th) is World Kindness Day. I invite you to consider more ways you can show yourself compassion for the remainder of the year.
Chassidy Goggins works to enhance and support the needs of organizations and high performers through digital marketing and media communications. She does this because she believes collaboration and innovation, coupled with strategy, are key in propelling people with vision forward. She currently serves as the Media and Marketing Coordinator for the Center of Lifelong Learning and enjoys the space it gives her to combine her faith and professional background to further the Great Commission. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, traveling, writing, searching for bakeries and binge-watching her favorite movies/shows on streaming services she vows to stop paying for.