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Why You Should be Kind to Yourself
Finding motivation to exercise and make healthy choices is often a struggle. I know I find it hard to be kind to myself when I make a mistake, which only makes me feel worse. Instead, I need to show myself self-compassion, and you do too. The book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff explains the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem, and discusses why self-compassion is so much more important. She also includes many practical exercises to work on improving your self-compassion. I purchased a copy of the book and borrowed the audio book from the library. The ideas Kristin Neff presents in Self-Compassion have been life-changing.
Be Kind to Yourself
I won’t lie and say that I am never self-critical, but I’m doing it a lot less and changing my self-talk as soon as I realize how I’m talking to myself. Even when I make a mistake (or end up eating the entire container of ice cream), I try to remind myself that everybody makes mistakes, I’m only human, and I can do better next time. This is especially important when it comes to diet and exercise.
Women are bombarded with so many messages about how we should look and what we should wear, that it becomes too easy to find fault with ourselves when we don’t measure up to that ideal. However, you should focus on being the best you that you can be, and if you make a mistake, don’t call the whole day or the week a wash, take the next opportunity to make a better choice. And remember to be kind to yourself.
Here is your weekly motivation:
Are you self-critical or do you practice self-compassion? If not, how can you be kinder to yourself? What can you do to change the way you talk to yourself?