Practising the Art of Self Kindness
“Your body deserves respect and is worthy of kindness…” Being kind to yourself is vital. It is necessary for the maintenance of life. Being constantly unkind to yourself erodes your confidence, diminishes your self-worth, and extinguishes your individuality. Giving all your kindness away and reserving none for your own mind, body and soul leaves you feeling empty.
Self-kindness is about showing compassion and understanding toward ourselves. We should understand the negative effects of self-judgment and approach ourselves with warmth and patience instead of being overly critical or negative. In short, showing self-kindness means treating our worth as unconditional even when we fall short of our own principles, whether it is through our behaviours or even just our thoughts.
Becoming more self-aware and digging into ourselves are two strategies that should be embraced. By being aware of our own narratives helps to improve one’s own self progress.
If you are looking for a natural way of lessening the risks of the mental/emotional and physical ailments and conditions, Restorative Therapies are an excellent way of influencing the mind/body connection to promote relaxation and support your process. Whilst some therapies are obvious others are not. In a tumultuous world, seeking joy and understanding is challenging and realising your happy place is crucial to your good health.
Your Happy Place- It's the place to go anytime you need a pick-me-up, to recharge, or to simply feel delighted in your own space. It's a respite from the madness, a haven from the unknown, and a haven from stress and tension. It's the place that you are most at ease, this can be found in loved ones, cooking, reading, gardening, music and exercise.
By making small changes to your life can leave you feeling revived and feeling brand new.
Learn to relax- Sometimes we are so busy we forget to switch off and relax. Learning to relax is a technique we should all develop, whether it is reading a book, doing yoga or listening to relaxing music. Schedule time to relax and learn a relaxation or meditation technique. Studies show that relaxing can help you physically and emotionally. Just make sure that when you have down time you do something that you really enjoy and that inspires you. Taking a little time for yourself can in the short term make you relax, but in the long term can help you revitalise your life.
Make sure you get enough rest- Without basic sleep you won’t function very well. Make sure you go to bed at a reasonable hour and get enough sleep. Most adults need at least eight hours of sleep a night.
Healthy eating and exercise- Eating badly and poorly will make you not only feel dreadful but guilty to. Establish a schedule that involves daily exercise, nutritious food, and supplementing with vitamins (speak to your dietician for advice). To consume healthily, eat a variety of high-fibre foods and avoid sugary and fatty foods. You should plan to work out for 30 minutes four to six days a week.
So in April...............
Ditch: Let go of old emotional baggage. Flush out negative thoughts.
Take up: Give yourself the gift of an hour a day.
Pat yourself on the back: Exercise and eat only nutritional foods. Try and drink up to 2 litres of water every day.
Article by Mamuna Arshad - Aesthetic & Lifestyle Specialist
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