Welcome to the first ‘You Got This!’ post in February. This week I have been pretty hard on myself so I wanted to focus on something we all want to be better at – being kind to yourself.
This is SO HARD. Society tells us not to like ourselves. To think we should have a better job, nicer hair, a bigger house, slimmer thighs…..the list is endless. We constantly belittle ourselves and tell ourselves we are not good enough.
When was the last time you said something good about yourself to yourself?
I can’t actually think of the last time I did, and I’m sure you may be the same. We are our own worst enemy. That mean version of ourselves that lives inside our head constantly giving us a play by play of everything we are doing ‘wrong’.
So this week I am challenging myself and you to talk to yourself as you would to your best friend. As they say, the most important relationship in your life is the one you have with yourself. You spend more time with yourself than anyone else in the world so you may as well be kind. If I was to ask what you would say to your best friend if they felt not good enough, I am sure you would shower them with love, acceptance and affection. Why should you not do this for yourself too?
Be proud of every little accomplishment you achieve, cut yourself slack when you’re not feeling your best and always believe in yourself. It’s not arrogant, it’s necessary. I always think of the example in an airplane where you are told to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Apply this to your own life. You can only help other people by being the best verison of yourself. You must keep your cup full in order to have enough to fill up everyone else’s.
So this week I am going to be my own best friend. Think of a couple of small things you can do daily that bring you happiness. Be it a walk, time to read a book, to paint, to dance, anything that makes you feel alive and fills your cup of life. Also, think about how you speak to yourself. Be loving and supportive. If our cup is full we will give off a positive energy, we will be nicer to be around, have a clearer mind and be able to help others so much more. Something we all want to bring to the world as much as we can, especially right now.
So, I’ll leave you with the words of Carrie Bradshaw, because she knows how it is.
“But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”
I wish you a wonderful week ahead.
YOU GOT THIS!