Mindful Monday: Be Kind To Yourself
A message that we receive throughout our lives is that of the importance of being kind to others. We are taught to be kind to our classmates when we are in school; we learn the value of being an "upstander"; we even experience chemical rewards in our brain when we do acts of kindness for others. So, why is it that by the time we get to adulthood we don't exactly find ourselves experiencing a world in which everyone is kind to everyone else?
Many of the challenges that adults face, both personally and in relationships, are associated with finding it difficult to self-validate and challenge negative thoughts. We spend our entire childhood being encouraged to focus on the value of being kind to others, which certainly is a good message that holds value in and of itself. But, where are the messages about the value of being kind to ourselves? How might things be different if more time was spent learning how to be kind to ourselves?
Well, it is never too late to learn something new, especially when it comes to self-improvement and personal growth. Allow yourself the time to be kind to yourself. Take time to reflect, practice positive self-talk, and do things that you enjoy. By doing so, you will feel happier and more confident, which will in turn make it easier for you to be kind to others.
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