Be good to yourself. It’s a simple concept. It means treat yourself with love, consideration, and kindness. Be understanding and forgiving towards yourself.
The concept is simple, but not always easy.
What does it mean?
“Good people” are kind, supportive, considerate, and generous. They help us feel positive about ourselves and about life.
They’re like a warm blanket on a cold night or a bowl of chicken soup to ease a scratchy throat.
But sometimes it feels more natural to be good to a stranger than to ourselves.
We tend to beat ourselves up, focus on our weaknesses, and criticize ourselves when we’re less than perfect.
How can we lift ourselves up instead of putting ourselves down?
Be kind. Especially through difficult times, small acts of kindness go a long way. Take a few minutes out of a busy day to meditate, listen to uplifting music, or go for a walk.
Smile. Let your smile be your signature look. It can change your disposition and open your heart to self-love.
Be grateful. There’s an old saying that goes, “I cried that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” It doesn’t change your situation, but it may help you see it in a more positive light.
Forgive. Forgiveness is a powerful gift. It can take time to “get over” mistakes and imperfections, but it starts with a choice to forgive yourself.
Every day is a chance to be better than you were yesterday, to do better than you did yesterday. Make it a point to treat yourself with love, kindness, and compassion. Be good to yourself the same way you strive to be good to those you love.