Have you ever thought about defining what it means to be kind? When you look the word ‘kind’ up in the dictionary it says of a friendly, warm, and generous nature. Do you think of yourself as a kind person? Is that how you treat yourself? Do you know how to be kind to yourself?
Practice kindness to yourself every day. If you normally do one thing per day, today do two. The following day do three kind things for yourself. Keep adding one kind act per day until the habit is your natural routine.
- Forgive yourself for not being perfect.
- Shut down negative self-talk.
- Take good care of yourself. Get enough sleep. Eat nutritiously. Get exercise.
- Respect yourself—honor your opinion, trust yourself.
- Tell yourself that “I am enough.”
- Invest in yourself. Spend 15 minutes reading or listening to inspirational talks or music.
- Smile at yourself in the mirror.
- Pay yourself a compliment.
- Buy yourself some flowers.
- Take a bubble bath.
- Write a letter of appreciation to yourself.
- Give yourself 15 minutes to induldge in your favorite activity.
- Treat yourself to a favorite food or drink or a small gift.
- Find one part of your physical self and praise it.
- Identify one part of your emotional self and praise it.
- Honor your dreams. Don’t call them silly, fantasies, or any other derogatory term.
- Show yourself compassion. If you stumble, be your own best friend.
- Take a laugh break—watch a comedy, youtube, or cute videos.
- Take a break from electronics for a day. Talk a walk in the woods, read a book, or listen to music.
- Do something kind for someone else. If you need ideas, refer to the first 9 ways you can be kind to yourself. If you still need some inspiration, visit spreadkindness.com.
- Start a kindness diary. Write your daily kindness plan down each morning and record the kindness you showed yourself and others.
Finally, I’d like to share a few quotes to copy into your kindness diary.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. Audrey Hepburn