By Jan, Aug 17 2016 06:29PM
"Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless"
~ Mother Theresa
It's easy to lose sight, with today’s busyness - real and virtual - of who we really are; surrounded by technology, no respite from news and social media, which more often than not, won’t be good news.
Have we become angry mum, intolerant partner, unsupportive colleague?…..but before we start berating ourselves further, let’s take a moment to consider when was the last time we allowed ourselves some compassion?
Some of us were raised to believe that to look after ourselves is selfish and self indulgent, but we now know this absolutely not to be the case. Harsh criticism towards ourselves can leave us feeling low, demotivated, scared of failure. Self criticism can lead us into a downward spiral of negativity.
Whereas acts of kindness towards ourselves and others promotes releasing of ‘feel good’ hormones including serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins and boosts our immune system. Our inner dialogue will be more positive, encouraging and accepting of who we are, and our humanity. We can actually train our brains to be kinder-repetition of kindness will forge new neural networks and increase the ease with which we practice being more kind, making it more of a habit.
What do you love to do? Did you used to do a class? Go to the gym? Is the reason you stopped still valid? Getting out there, into the countryside, the gym, the classes, doing stuff we love, nurturing ourselves, enables us to be more present and helpful to others. Ensuring adequate sleep, nutrition and exercise……of course our physical health is important too!
We know that in order to maintain good mental health we need positive interaction, positive activity and positive thoughts. If you need some help finding the ‘old’ you again, I can help.