6 ways to be more self-compassionate
1. Write down your negative thoughts before they expand
. Doing this helped me see my current situation in a new light and stopped me from continuing with my harsh thoughts.
2. Look at each situation and action without judgment
3. Don’t be afraid to take breaks
4. Choose 3-5 daily habits, and once they are completed, you can relax
My friend told me something life-changing the other day when I mentioned I felt like I wasn’t doing enough and felt lazy, a normal struggle of mine. He told me to choose 5 habits to do every day, and once those are completed, feel proud of what you did, and enjoy the rest of the day. So, that’s exactly what I started doing. They can be small habits, too, like stretching, taking vitamins, and working toward a passion project for a short amount of time. Once you’ve done those, it doesn’t matter if you’re still in your pajamas–you ruled the day!
5. Compliment yourself
6. Spend time doing things that you love and that are good for you
While sitting around watching HGTV is a fun and unwinding experience, getting up and doing things that we not only equally enjoy but are good for us is even better. Don’t get me wrong, of course–I love chilling out and watching TV. But, when we actively take care of our mental and physical health, we are directly being self-compassionate. Take time to reach for hobbies and activities that are good for your health, like journaling, learning something new, going on a walk, meditating, or anything that’ll benefit you in some way. And choose an activity that you truly enjoy. For me, that’s reading self-help books or getting up to exercise. Maybe incorporate mindfulness into this hobby so that you’re unwinding while also engaging in something.
It’s important to do things that we love and that make us happy, but it’s equally important to put away those electronics and get out into the world. When we treat ourselves well, we will feel well.