We can be so mean to ourselves. You would never call your friends or family members stupid losers, right? You’d never tell them that they’re fat, lazy, worthless, dumb or any other of mean and degrading names. So why do we often talk to ourselves that way? Many of us are so unkind to ourselves in a way we never would be to another person. However, being kind to ourselves is so important. Here are some of the benefits of being kind to yourself.
When you’re always hypercritical of yourself, you end up stressed that you’re not meeting your own expectations, which can lead to a lot of stress. By having compassion for yourself and being kind when you aren’t perfect will help reduce your stress levels.
Being kind to yourself has a whole host of health benefits. First, many people respond to stress and sadness with unhealthy behaviors like overeating or binge drinking. Being kind to yourself will help you manage those behaviors. Since you’ll have less stress, you’re also less likely to have heart problems. Your immune system will get a boost, too. When high levels of stress ignite a “fight-or-flight” response, it lowers your immune system. By stressing less, your immune system will function better to keep you healthy.
When you’re as kind to yourself as you are to others, you’ll get a big confidence boost. It turns out that self-compassion is the key to a better self-esteem. When you remind yourself that you are smart, capable, and worthwhile, you’ll eventually believe it. More confidence can help you succeed at work or school and make your social interactions better.
Anyone would get sad if they constantly had someone telling them they sucked. When you’re constantly down on yourself, you will inevitably get sad. You may even get depressed or overly anxious. When you learn to be kind to yourself, you’ll feel better emotionally and are likely to be happier in your daily life.
If you’re struggling with self-kindness, please come visit on of the counselors at heart centered counseling. We’ll help you learn the tools to reclaim your gentleness.