Before you can support others, support yourself first. Here are some ideas to help you support yourself!
- Have compassion for yourself. We deserve the same compassion we give to others, but unfortunately we tend to be our own worst critics. In order to promote self compassion, practice positive self talk. For example, if you do poorly on a test, instead of saying, “I am so stupid,” tell yourself, “I am allowed to make mistakes and will do better next time.”
- Don’t judge yourself. If you notice yourself judging or negatively comparing yourself, stop and think about why you are comparing yourself. Realize that you deserve to be treated with respect and positively supported. Instead of comparing yourself, try to be content as you are.
- Listen to yourself and prioritize YOU first. Often, we try to help others before helping ourselves. In order to support yourself, try to make decisions with your emotional health in mind. Ask yourself, “Will this make me feel better and support myself?”
For more inspiration on how to support yourself, check out Tiny Buddha’s 6 Tips to Love and Support Yourself and Become a Happier You.