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Give Yourself a Break

Give Yourself a Break

Just as you would be compassionate towards a friend who needed support, you can also benefit from showing the same compassion towards yourself.

The Importance of Self Compassion

“All people are imperfect, and all people lead imperfect lives” – Kirstin Khazan.

We often think that we should be able to do things perfectly on the first go, or never make mistakes but this is an impossible wish. We also sometimes think we should be able to do and handle everything and this simply isn’t so.

Practising self-compassion, or giving yourself a break – whether a physical break or an emotional break – can improve your health, make you more productive and help you to cope better in stressful times

Show yourself some love

It can be as simple as treating yourself to a bath, reading your favourite book, switching off your phone or simply saying nice things to yourself.

For some, practising self-compassion is easier said than done, it can help to pretend you’re talking to your best friend, what would you say to them or what advice would you give them to slow down or relax?

Write down 3 things you could do to practice self-compassion.

Self compassion goal 1

Getting things wrong is a normal part of life. However, it shouldn’t be looked at as “poor me”, rather “it happens to everyone”.

Choose one of your preferred ways of showing self-compassion and write a plan for putting this into action.

Self compassion goal 2

Sometimes, we can burn the candle at both ends. Working hard, exercising and socialising. We all need to slow down once in a while and take a break. Think of a way you can break from your routine in a healthy and satisfying way.

Tips for self compassion

The first tip of self-compassion is to be kind to yourself. Treat yourself like you would want to treat your best friend.

A final Thought

Remember, you are your most attentive audience. Treat yourself like you would treat your own best friend: with a lot of love, understanding and encouragement. Most of all be kind to yourself and give yourself permission to not be perfect. You can try again tomorrow and that’s ok.