Sunday, June 07, 2009
I came across this article and thought it was worth sharing (Source: http://ezinearticles.com/?Daily-Motivation
How To Be Kind To Yourself
Doing things differently for a change is as good as a rest. So here are 25 ways you can be kind to yourself, make small changes in your life, and rest in the process:
Celebrate your accomplishments and any small successes you achieve this week. Buy a birthday cake, light the candles and have a solo party, even if it’s not your birthday.
Don’t overly dwell on your failure moments. We all have them. They make us grow stronger. Learn from them to increase your opportunities for success in the future.
Send yourself some flowers, a card, or buy a small inexpensive gift. Don’t forget to wrap the gift. When you unwrap it, express your delight and pleasure vocally as you savor the moment.
Each week, plan a special meal. Set the table with your fine linens, good china, stemware and utensils (instead of paper plates, cups, napkins and plastic forks).
Take a REAL vacation—you know, the old fashion kind where cell phones, emails, wireless connections, etc. are banned!
Pop some popcorn, relax in your favorite chair with your feet up, and watch your favorite TV show or DVD.
Take a long relaxing walk. Reflect on the scenery and environment around you. Notice the little things like a blade of grass or the shape of a leaf.
Carve out at least 10-15 minutes each day to spend on yourself—any way you choose. Put it on your calendar to ensure that it gets done.
Make a cup of herbal or green tea and sit quietly thinking about the fun things you would like to do. Put these ideas on paper and take action.
Bring a CD player to work and softly play classical music in the background while you work on reports, presentations or read the volumes of paperwork you receive each day.
Get plenty of sleep (whatever amount is appropriate for you).
Take a bicycle ride through a field or park.
Go to the spa for a manicure, pedicure, or massage.
Read for fun—a novel, poetry, short story. Avoid business books or academic treatises.
Laugh a lot—especially if you have a hard time doing so. See the good humor in nature—two squirrels fighting over an acorn, a duck as it waddles to a pond, etc.
Start writing in a personal journal. Record as many positive thoughts, actions—whatsoever is lovely about you.
Re-start your hobbies. Pull out old unfinished projects or just simply start a new one.
Get a checkup and physical exam. Implement whatever strategies are needed to promote good health.
Get a new haircut or style.
Organize your closet or drawers. Tackle a sock or lingerie drawer; hold a tag sale, or donate your materials, furniture, and clothes that are in good condition.
Take a different route to work. Take yourself off auto-pilot and watch the cars and people around you.
Build a new relationship with a co-worker, acquaintance or someone who shares your interests.
Go all out to do something kind and compassionate for yourself.
Respect yourself. Refuse to berate, put-down or belittle yourself.
Forgive yourself. Accept the fact that you are not perfect. Choose to move forward instead of remaining stuck in the past or replaying a mistake you made over and over again in your mind.