Remind yourself that you are a caring, compassionate person who is, above all, deserving.
This, when combined with compassionate deeds, will assist you in being more understanding of yourself and others.
3. Stop the criticism of yourself
A 2016 report from Weight Watchers, discovered that women criticised themselves at least eight times a day.
Try carving time out to enjoy and acknowledge your abilities and best qualities, whether internal or external.If you are consistently antagonistic to yourself, it will trickle onto others as well.
One tip to try is writing down when you encounter negative thoughts about yourself.Write what happened, what came to mind and the aftermath of those thoughts.
4. Take a look at your daily routine and make alterations
We can get complacent with ourselves and our life at times. Monotonous routines can trap us in reactive or avoidant behavioural patterns. Without even realising it, you may have developed unhelpful habits.
Experimenting with new routines, such as participating in social activities or seeking out new friendships, can help you discover skills you didn’t realise you possessed.
5. Don’t hesitate to forgive people!
Practicing forgiveness reduces your body’s stress. Holding grudges and dwelling on past wrongs cause your blood pressure and heart rate to rise, whereas dwelling on grudges and past wrongs increases them.
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6. Practice gratitude for life
Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” can boost your mental health, happiness, and outlook on life.
Psychology Today notes that writing in a gratitude journal helps improve sleep and self-esteem.
Savour and appreciate the moments when you’ve had a good cup of coffee or had an insightful conversation with a loved one.
7. Develop more empathy
To feel empathy, one must imagine what it would be like to live life through the eyes, to think as they do and feel as they do. Empathy is more than just understanding others’ behaviors and sensing their emotions.
Being empathic will help you understand other people’s feelings better, bond with them, and feel less isolated. You’ll also learn to treat others with respect.
One thing to try is exposing yourself to people who have different views on life and cultures. The more exposure you have to various people, the less likely you are to hold prejudice or pass judgement.
It’ll put you ahead of many other people, according to one study, many avoid being empathetic because it takes up too much effort.
8. Put attention into people, not inanimate objects
The feelings of being loved or an act of kindness are far more likely to inspire true gratitude than any material possession.
In fact, striving for more material things is often a sign that you are attempting to satisfy some more profound need.