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

March 16, 2017
10 simple ways to be kinder to yourself 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 Comments

  • Reply Kathy Marris March 16, 2017 at 08:43

    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. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:52

      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?

  • Reply Deborah March 16, 2017 at 09:19

    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.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:51

      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

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama March 16, 2017 at 10:54

    Sigh if only hubster could learn Number 1!!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:50

      We all need help with that one I think Janet!

  • Reply Silly Mummy March 16, 2017 at 11:14

    Those are really good tips. I’m trying to do more exercise but need to do a lot of other things on this list.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:50

      Don’t try and do them all at once. Just gradually ease into them and you will definitely start feeling better.

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle March 16, 2017 at 11:53

    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

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:46

      It is so important Min and women in particular don’t make enough time to take care of ourselves.

  • Reply Debbie Harris March 16, 2017 at 15:43

    Great ideas Sue, I try to practice most of them!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:43

      They aren’t difficult are they Debbie it is just a matter of actually incorporating them as part of our life. Have a wonderful weekend x

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill March 16, 2017 at 16:06

    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 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:42

      Okay Miss Leanne! Time for some pampering. Why not book a session for you and your daughter or daughter-in-law and make a day of it!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl March 17, 2017 at 05:09

    Thanks again, Sue, for your weekly burst of solid advice. I’m aiming to tick off a few more on this list over the coming year.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:41

      My pleasure SSG! I hope you keep ticking off those boxes. Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Skipah March 17, 2017 at 08:26

    Even though I’m cut from the Y chromosome cloth, I struggle daily with number three!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:38

      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.

  • Reply candy March 17, 2017 at 13:45

    Learning to say no has been a difficult lesson for me. I am getting there. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:34

      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.

  • Reply Laurie March 18, 2017 at 00:30

    Wonderful post & some ideas I’ll be taking away – thank you

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:31

      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

  • Reply Grammy Dee March 18, 2017 at 04:32

    Great tips, all good choices! Thank you Sue for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty #LinkUp #BlogParty. I shared on social media.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:24

      Thanks for hosting and promoting Dee greatly appreciated. xx

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit March 18, 2017 at 06:43

    The one thing I lack is meditation. My dad has been encouraging me to do it for years. I just don’t make the time to sit for long enough …
    #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:22

      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 .

  • Reply Clearissa Coward March 18, 2017 at 10:14

    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.

  • Reply Heather March 19, 2017 at 00:25

    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!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2017 at 10:55

      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!

  • Reply Amrita March 19, 2017 at 04:37

    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

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2017 at 10:54

      Yes sometimes it is hard to finish the day especially if you are working and have a family. However, a good night sleep does wonders for our well being.

  • Reply Chrissy March 19, 2017 at 23:14

    These are wonderful suggestions. I can only tick 3 off, but I’m working toward them all 🙂

  • Reply Beth (GrannyBeth3) March 21, 2017 at 23:26

    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.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2017 at 05:02

      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

  • Reply Menaka Bharathi - Bloggers Pit Stop Crew March 22, 2017 at 13:21

    Meditation is what I am looking forward to . Thanks for joining The Bloggers Pit Stop

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2017 at 07:42

      It really makes a difference Menaka – even 5 minutes of just sitting quietly. Thanks for hosting the Bloggers Pit Stop and see you Friday.

  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak March 24, 2017 at 02:52

    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!

  • Reply Maisy March 25, 2017 at 01:08

    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 🙂

    *Maisy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 25, 2017 at 05:52

      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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