When talking about kindness, we're usually referring to how we should treat others. Kindness creates a sense of safety in our relationships. It lets others know that we respect them and that we will be thoughtful in how we communicate with them.
Now, if only we could apply the "kindness" concept to ourselves! There are many ways to turn kindness inward.
You can start by listening to how you talk to yourself, and how you talk about yourself to others. Are you patient with yourself? Do you hold yourself to an unrealistic standard and then feel defeated? Do you treat others in the manner that you would like to be treated? Do you take time to replenish your overused mind or body? Is self-care in your vocabulary? (If not, start learning all about it asap!)
As a young girl and well into my college years, I used to be very hard on myself. I was my biggest critic. The negative, insecure self-talk popped up pretty regularly. I was definitely not kind to myself and it affected my self-esteem big time. At some point in my 20's, I said enough was enough and decided to make a change. I didn't want to be the one cutting myself down anymore, I needed to become a friend to myself, not a critic. Fortunately, I was able to do it on my own, but if I needed to, I would've sought professional help at the time.
Since then, I've been very conscious of being nice and patient with myself. I try to have a positive mindset, even when times are tough. Most importantly, I express gratitude every day as I think it helps keep me in check. I also make an effort to be kind to others and try to do the right thing daily.
In terms of self-care, one of my favorite things to do is go for a walk to clear my mind or workout at the gym. What do you do for self-care? Are you kind to yourself? I sure hope so! Let's start a kindness turned inward campaign!
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