Last Updated on July 10, 2021 by Shane Walker
Every day you should aim to show yourself kindness. Most of us fail to do this, however. Instead, we beat ourselves up for every mistake, perceived flaw, or for no reason at all. This has to stop. You deserve your kindness more than anyone else. The list below will give you some easy ways to show yourself kindness today. Choose one or more of them that resonate with you the most and take action.
“You’re already stuck with yourself for a lifetime. Why not improve this relationship.” – Vironika Tugaleva
1 – Treat Yourself
Get yourself something or do something for yourself today. Indulge in a sweet treat, or get yourself a new outfit for example. It doesn’t matter how big or small.
2 – Take a Time Out
Take a few moments to breathe today. Go for a walk or sit on the porch for a little while just to clear your mind. These moments of mindfulness are a great way to show yourself kindness. It is also a great tool to manage anxiety and stress.
3 – Show Yourself Kindness by Letting it Go
What have you been stressing over lately? What are you holding on to? At least for the rest of the day, let it go. Keep yourself busy and try not to think about it. Remember that if it won’t matter in a year or month from now, it shouldn’t matter now.
4 – Say Affirmations
Use the power of affirmations to show yourself kindness today. Repeat things like, “I’m good enough,” or “I recognize my imperfections and accept them fully.” Find more affirmations here.
5 – Stop Trying To Do it All
Just for the day at least, give yourself a pass and stop putting pressure on yourself to do it all. Stick to one priority task and do no more than that.
6 – Say “No”
Are you overextended? Are you doing too much? Take a look at all of your commitments and say “no” to one or two. It’s normally a good thing to keep your commitments, but not when it drains you, frustrates you, or someone is taking advantage of you.
7 – Practice Self Care To Show Yourself Kindness
Show yourself kindness by practicing self care today. Take some time to do something you enjoy. Self care doesn’t have to be extravagant or time-consuming. A simple bath with candles (if that is what you enjoy) is all it takes.
8 – Treat Yourself Like a Close Friend
Show yourself support and appreciation much like you would a close personal friend. When you find you are putting yourself down, do what a great friend would do and remind yourself that even though you have flaws, you are still awesome. You have a lot going for you. Be encouraging instead of critical.
9 – Let Someone Else Do Something Nice For You
Many people have a hard time accepting kindness from others. Show yourself kindness by accepting kindness. If someone asks you if they can get you something or do something for you, accept it. If someone gives you a compliment, accept it graciously without making excuses.
10 – Show Yourself Kindness by Eating Healthy
Show your body you care by spending a whole day eating healthy. Eat super clean. No junk food or processed foods. No extra sugar etc.
11 – Write a Letter to Yourself
Write a note of kindness to yourself. In your note be encouraging and list some things you love about who you are. Take it a step further and actually mail it to yourself.
12 – Reflect on Your Accomplishments
Spend some time today reflecting on your past successes. We spend so much time focusing on our flaws that we rarely focus on our strengths and victories. Change that around today by thinking about all of your accomplishments, no matter how small.
13 – Get Organized
Show yourself kindness today by getting organized. Whether that be cleaning out a closet that has gotten out of hand or putting together a workout plan. Respect your time and space by tidying up your clutter, goals, and schedule.
14 – Show Yourself Kindness with a Laughter
When we were kids we laughed every day. One moment we could fall down and cry and the next moment forget all about it with fun and laughter. Laughter is a powerful tool to ease stress and to increase happiness. Be proactive and watch some funny YouTube videos. Key and Peele are my weakness. Watch a show or movie that always puts a smile on your face. You can even laugh for no reason. Many studies have shown that the physical act of smiling can boost our mood and help us feel better.
Use any of these easy ways to show yourself kindness today. Go a step further and work to develop powerful habits to make self kindness an integral part of your life. Being kind to yourself is important. We are with ourselves 24/7. Don’t spend all that time beating yourself up.