It’s been said that you can’t give what you don’t have. The same thing is true to kindness. You can’t genuinely give it to others if you don’t receive it from yourself. If you are like some people, you may be too hard on yourself. You beat yourself up for missed opportunities or mistakes made. And if left unchecked, it could become a habit that may affect your life in more ways than you can imagine. Thankfully, self-kindness is something that you can practice every day. Here are some of the kind things you can do to yourself.
Start your day on a positive note
Your morning routines can influence the rest of your day whether you like it or not. So you might as well begin it on a positive note. Wake up early, spend time to meditate or simply quiet your mind, write down the things you are grateful for, make a plan for the day, and read or listen to something inspiring. Whatever it is that you choose to do, make sure that you devote at least thirty minutes of the time after you wake up to do something positive.
Give yourself time to prepare for the day
You’re not doing yourself any good by rushing through your morning preparations. It’s stressful to feel anxious and worried about running late or missing an appointment. Be kinder to yourself by allotting more time for all the preparations you need. Enjoy the simple pleasures of eating a healthy breakfast. Leave home with plenty of time to spare for unexpected delays. Sometimes self-kindness is all about paying attention to the little things that can improve your daily experiences.
Tackle the hardest things first
Maximize your time by dealing with the unpleasant or hard things first. This way you have the easier stuff to work on when your energy begins to wane. You have to give yourself the opportunity to accomplish your goals by understanding your peak times. This should help you schedule tasks to get the optimum results.
Don’t work yourself to the ground. Regardless of how busy things get, always find time for a short break. Breathe, step away from whatever it is you are doing, and take time to gather yourself. You can be more clearheaded and productive if you treat yourself with kindness even on your busiest days.
Receive criticism with grace
Criticisms are uncomfortable and may be painful at times. But it won’t do you any good to focus on the negative things. Use them as references on how you can improve yourself. Pick the lessons and things you need to work on and forget about the things that will not be of any help to you.