@theretreatyork6 August 2020
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It is clear that kindness helps us reduce stress, develop relationships and helps us look at situations or challenges in a new way.
As well as displaying kindness towards others, however, it’s also important to show kindness towards yourself. This helps to give a sense of self identity and maintains and improves self-esteem, but is not always an easy thing to do. If you are having difficulties with being kind to yourself here are a few things to try:
Exercise has numerous benefits for physical and mental health. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, find an activity that you enjoy and get moving.
Focus on things that you will have achieved on a regular basis. Throughout the day take a moment to acknowledge those things that you have done well. This may be recognising something you have achieved at work or something small and simple like noting that you were able to get up and get ready this morning when you really did not want to get out of bed. These will all be individual to you and so don’t compare what you feel is a success with others.
Again the things that you find relaxing will be something that is unique to you. Whether it is reading, listening to music, meditating, playing a game, having a bath or just sitting with a cup of tea and looking out the window, ensure that you take within your day to take a moment and do something that helps to feel calm and relaxed.
Acts of kindness towards others are good for you own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. The way you think about and treat others is often the way you think about and treat yourself. So choose to be kinder towards others to, over time, become kinder and more understanding towards yourself too.