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Blog: Being Kind to Ourselves

Throughout this week we’ve explored the theme of kindness and the impact it has on our wellbeing.

There’s no doubt that acts of kindness, words of compassion and expressions of gratitude can be hugely beneficial to all involved - those who receive and those who carry out the act of kindness.

Today I'd like you to think about a different form of kindness, one which is just as important (if not more-so) than all the others, and yet is often at times the hardest for us to do; self-kindness.

Being kind to ourselves is something that many find difficult.  Whilst we all have personal qualities we’d like to develop or improve, and habits that we’d like to change, they’re often not as catastrophic as we tell ourselves. Besides, they don’t make up the whole picture.

As human beings, we also have many strengths, positive qualities and characteristics that others find admirable.

This weekend, gently pay attention to your inner-voice. See if you can befriend yourself, be more accepting of who you are and how you’re feeling at this time.  You might even find that when you’re kinder and more accepting towards yourself, that you’re more capable of expressing kindness and acceptance towards those around you.

This blog was written by Stuart Cameron, Development Worker at Health in Mind.

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