Have you been kind to yourself lately?
I’m asking because I know a lot of people are going through a tough time right now.
A stranger on the internet has a pop. A colleague says something that triggers us. A loved one derails a conversation when you’re trying to talk about how you feel.
It can feel hurtful.
It’s one of the reasons I often talk about self-compassion. If we can’t always rely on other people to give us the support and time we need in that moment, the narrative we use on ourselves can make all the difference.
Here’s something that might help:
This week, maybe set the intention to Connect Through Kindness. We know from researchers like Brené Brown that connection matters, especially if it helps us to feel seen and heard. You’ll know you’re connected, when the people in your circle (I call them your tribe) step up when the moment calls for it, and equally know when to stay quiet. If your tribe is falling short right now, seek out like-minded, helpful people you can click with.
The video below offers a self-soothing activity that might also help you take a moment of kindness for yourself. This article also talks about the science behind all this and how it won’t just help you to be more self-compassionate, but others too.
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