Being kind to yourself is one of those things that sounds easy in theory but difficult in practice. So here’s 31 tried and tested self-care acts that’ll give you an instant dose of self-love.
Last year I spent a month being generous toward others in the hope that I would find fulfillment and increased happiness (I did).
So my editor asked me to turn that generosity inward. Spend a month doing acts that allow me to appreciate myself, reflect and grow. But the truth is, saying some Hallmark-worthy phrases to yourself isn’t an exact science for increasing your feelings of self-worth. At least not one that we feel right away.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not working. Growth, in any form, is never easy. It takes patience, persistence and self-compassion; a reminder we need more than once per day.
Being kind to yourself isn’t about feelinggood. After all, doing what feels good isn’t always what’s best for us. But taking the time to compliment myself, to nurture my self-compassion (no matter how annoying in the moment) sends a messages to future me that she, in all her imperfect 45-year-old glory, matters. That’s a gift worth giving.
Check out my full list of priceless self-care acts and give it a shot. You just might surprise yourself.
This article originally appeared on SUCCESS.
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