First up, it's not often you'll see me use an image that includes something loaded with sugar. The sprinkles in the image are representative of the topic - it's not a sign to literally have a teaspoon of sprinkles!
Right, let's get into it (the topic, not the sprinkles!).
Anytime is a good time to be kind to yourself.
Yep, be kind to yourself.
All too often people rush to keep up with demands, deadlines and a never-ending To Do list and push hard to meet high standards. And when you're not successful, the negative self-talk, doubts, worries and fears come out to play, don't they?
Constantly stressed, you're likely to feel like you're getting further behind or heading away from where you really want to be going.
Here's the thing...
You're human and that means you need to sleep, eat, move, rest, connect with friends and family and all those other things that are so important to living well.
So, how kind are you being to yourself?
Think about a scale of 1-10. Where 1 is no you're not showing yourself any kindness at all, in fact, you don't believe you deserve your own let alone kindness from anyone else. And 10, you look after yourself really well, listening to what your body needs and ensuring you're your top priority.
No matter what rating you chose, how can you show yourself even more kindness?
And blokes, don't be thinking this message is just for women. It's for everyone, you included!
Here's an example of self-kindness.
If you're busting for a pee, thirsty, hungry or feeling the need to move, do it! I know that might sound crazy obvious, but here's the thing ... how many times have you sat in a meeting, at your desk or in front of your device when you actually needed to go to the bathroom, get a drink, have something to eat before you pass out or get up and stretch? Often I bet.
Self-kindness isn't just about the big things, it's the seemingly small decisions and actions we take each day that often matter most.
If pushing hard, holding yourself to impossibly high standards and giving yourself a hard time hasn't helped you get where you want to be, then how about it? How about adding a sprinkle of kindness into your day and noticing what happens.
Tracey Hancock is a coach and mentor passionately committed to helping people achieve their dreams and goals. Drawing on her own experience and the lessons she's learnt trying to be and do what she thought was expected of her, Tracey will guide you to live and work your way.
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