Mental Well-Being

Kindness Goes Both Ways, Even For You

May 2, 2024

Chances are, you don’t have any problem being compassionate to others. Maybe it’s that sweet Midwestern charm, or you’re just a good person who cares about other people. But even if you’re well-versed in the art of showing kindness to the people around you, it can be a lot harder to treat yourself with that same kindness. After all, we can be our own worst critics. But self-compassion is vital to a well-rounded, healthy sense of self, and we’re here with a few tips to help you talk a little kinder to yourself. 

You Aren’t Alone.

If you’re struggling with your mental health—or if you’re struggling with anything—just remember, you aren’t alone. It might feel like you are bothering the people around you with your problems, but chances are, the people in your life want you to be happy, healthy, and successful, just like you want for them. 

So when you’re battling the blues and feeling a little critical of yourself, here are some ideas for how to get your mind back on track: 

Treat yourself as you’d treat a loved one. If you wouldn’t say it to your child, your spouse, or another loved one, you shouldn’t say it to yourself. Beating yourself up or being unnecessarily hard on yourself will only cause additional stress and strain. 

Practice mindfulness. While it can be tricky to detach yourself from whatever situation is giving you grief, staying mindful of the situation and keeping things in perspective as much as possible is a great way to keep yourself from spiraling out of control. 

Become self-aware. If you catch yourself feeling down and channeling your negative feelings inward, stop yourself, and consider why you may feel this way. Give yourself plenty of grace to make mistakes—you are human, and you are trying your best. 

If You Need Additional Help, We’re Here For You.

Hancock Health’s robust counseling services are here to help with your struggles. Whether it’s stress, self-compassion, mindfulness, or something deeper, call 317-468-6200 to schedule an appointment today.