We are imperfect despite our best efforts. That can sometimes cause self-loathing when we don’t meet our own impossible standards. Often, we talk about the importance of practicing compassion with others, but rarely do we ever apply that logic to ourselves. Below we have five ideas on how you can be a little nicer to yourself every day. Believe us, it will make a huge difference in your life.
Tips for Being More Compassionate to Yourself
1. Forgive yourself for your shortcomings. You aren’t perfect, but neither is anyone else and it is time to own that. The people in your circle value you because of who you are—faults and all, and not because of a false image you push forward. You don’t need to be perfect in order to be worthy of love. Try leaving yourself positive messages on your mirrors, computer screens and wallet for that extra boost when you are feeling down.
2. Continue to grow, even when you feel stagnant. Rather than looking at obstacles as impossible, instead, view them as opportunities to grow and better yourself. It is amazing how much more positive your life will feel (even when things aren’t going quite your way) when you don’t give up and strive for answers.
3. Be thankful, even when you aren’t where you want to be, or don’t have everything you want. There is immense internal strength that comes from appreciating what we do have rather than zeroing in on the things we lack. A great way to be more aware of your gratitude is to write it down in a journal. Seeing a full list of everything you have to be thankful about is an easy way to boost your mood and allow yourself to be kinder to your self.
4. Find ways to be generous without being taken advantage of. Helping others feels good. Being there for others feels great. Just don’t be so busy giving that you forget to give to yourself too. When you strike that right balance you end up having more compassion for yourself and that is a healthy thing.
5. Be aware of your surroundings and mindful of where you are both in a physical and journey sense. When you stay mindful, you tend to lessen your self-judgment. Be in the moment in everything you do. Take it all in and appreciate to the fullest what you are experiencing.