Self Awareness: 10 simple ways to be kinder to yourself – starting today

10 simple ways to be kinder to yourself

Did you read my 4 quotes to encourage You to be kinder to yourself ? No?

Then do yourself a favour and take five minutes to read these quotes which will hopefully inspire you to start treating yourself with more respect and kindness.  We spend time showing kindness to others but usually come up short when being kind to ourselves.

Now that you are inspired …….

Here are 10 simple ways to be kinder to yourself – starting today

1. Learn to say  ‘No’ more often

Why is it that we have so much trouble saying ‘NO’?  Trying to be everything to everyone is not good for your health and well being.  Be more discerning in when you say ‘Yes’ and when you say ‘No’.

2. Schedule in ‘Me time’

It is so important to schedule in time just for yourself.  To do whatever you want in that time without interruption.  Don’t disregard ‘me time’.

3. Cut yourself some slack and stop putting unreal expectations on yourself

Women usually have the problem of having unreal expectations of themselves and try to be ‘Superwoman’. Well ‘Superwoman’ doesn’t exist in the real world so don’t kill yourself trying to be perfect all of the time.

4. Learn to meditate daily

Starting the day with 5 minutes of meditation will bring calm to your mornings.  Clear the mind of problems for even these few minutes and your mental health will benefit.

5. Exercise regularly

Being fit and healthy with regular exercise is good for your mind, body and soul.  So make the time for 30 minutes of exercise that YOU ENJOY 4-5 days per week.

6. Make healthier food choices

Eating a healthy well-balanced diet will have you feeling energised and looking great.

7. Learn something new everyday

Exercise your brain by learning something new everyday.  Try a crossword, learn a language or take up a craft or hobby.

8. Schedule regular pamper sessions

I love regular visits to the hair salon or having my nails done. I also enjoy luxuriating in a bubble bath or enjoying a massage.  Looking after yourself and treating yourself to a bit of pampering certainly lifts the spirits and who doesn’t deserve a little pampering?

9. Get an early night more often

Having a good night’s sleep is another way you can be kind to yourself.  Burning the candle at both ends will just result in you being burned out.  Nurture yourself with an early night more often.

10. Write a positive mantra and repeat each morning

If we say something often enough we will actually start to believe it.  Write a mantra which includes something positive about yourself and repeat it each morning.  Print it off, stick it on your mirror and say it out loud.  Keep reinforcing the positives and start believing in yourself.

Were you able to tick off any of the list or do you need to be kinder to yourself?

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41 thoughts on “Self Awareness: 10 simple ways to be kinder to yourself – starting today

  1. Kathy Marris

    I can tick off most of these great suggestions Sue. I just need to say no to my kids more often. They still think I’m available 24/7 to do things for them! Meditation is something I only practice in my Yoga class, so I should get into the habit of doing it at home as well. I think I do learn something new everyday in the blogging world! It is always a challenge. 🙂

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I can tell Kathy because you send positive vibes out. I found meditation difficult and could never clear my mind but now I’m improving. Kids will always want their Mum – we wouldn’t really want it any other way would we?

  2. Deborah

    Oh this is something I’m definitely working on at the moment, but I do need to do some more work re eating healthily and exercising.

    I am however, taking time out of the stuff I’ve been doing for years, to work out if it’s what I really want to do and it’s giving me a chance to rethink my priorities.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Good for you Deb. I’m sure you are feeling much better and more in control since you have taken some time out to rethink your priorities. You will do it and feel so much more at peace and happier. Have a fabulous day xx

  3. [email protected]

    Love! I’m a huge advocate for self care after burning out a few years back. I really need to get back into the habit of going to bed earlier! #TeamLovinLife

  4. Leanne | crestingthehill

    I think I’m managing about 2/3 of these Sue – I could do with a little more pampering (and a little more exercise) but all in all I’m definitely working on being kinder to “Me” because I’m worth it 🙂

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Gary! I know what you mean, we are usually harder on ourselves than anyone else. Just remember you are doing the best you can and that is all you can ask of yourself. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It isn’t easy Candy and you are definitely not alone. I still find it hard to say ‘no’ and have to consciously pull myself up on it. I suppose if we can achieve it most of the time that is better than nothing. Thanks for the link up and for stopping by to comment. You are welcome to link up at Over the Moon Link Up each Monday through Thursday. We would love to have you.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Laurie! Welcome! I’m so pleased you found some ideas to take away. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond. x

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’ve only just started being able to sit still for a short time Leanne but it can be done. When I first started my mind would go into overdrive but then I realised that was okay and I just pulled myself back to try and clear my thoughts. Keep at it .

  5. Clearissa Coward

    Great suggestions. I try to an “I am” statement every morning while looking at myself in the mirror. Speaking life and being kind to one self is a learned behavior. At least for me. Thank you for sharing with #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty. #linkparty, #party. I have shared on social media.

  6. Heather

    Great tips! I find that the older I get the easier it is to be kinder to myself. I guess you get to the point where you value your own opinion over that of random people. It is so important to take care of yourself!

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      So true Heather and good for you in valuing your own opinion. Do you know that there are still some women who just don’t believe in themselves enough. Have great day and thanks for stopping by. I love your website name btw!

  7. Amrita

    Really trying to go to bed earlier.All others I do with a diligence that makes me happy.great tips for being kinder to ownself.#Bloggerspitstop

  8. Beth (GrannyBeth3)

    I thought that I had this topic down until I read through the steps…Why is it so hard to stop trying to be a superwoman? No matter how I try that voice to do more, even when it comes to self-care, is still there.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know Beth, it must be the way women are programmed! We just need to keep trying to look after ourselves and slow down a little. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by. xx

  9. Marilyn Lesniak

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Like someone in person today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. Pinned and tweeted!

  10. Maisy

    What a wonderful list, Sue! Isn’t it weird that most of us have a hard time being nice and caring towards themselves?! I also struggle with looking after myself every now and then, especially with saying no and knowing – and respecting – my limits, but doing 20-40 minutes of yoga every day (except on the weekends) has really made a difference because it helps me calm down and feel myself, but also get more energy for the day! I’m the kind of person that will run around all day long without noticing that I haven’t made a break yet… as you can imagine, meditation is a real challenge for me, but I plan to do it more regularly, at least 3 or 5 minutes every day.
    Thank you for the inspiring list 🙂


    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hello Maisy and lovely to meet you. I’ve really discovered yoga this year and like you try to do it several times per week. It has helped me start the day well and my body is loving me for it. Have a beautiful weekend and thank you for stopping by.


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