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SLOW-MO GR: Being kind to myself (18th to 22nd of January)

Hi everyone! How are you going?

 

It's almost time for another slow-mo GR and this time we'll be talking about being kind to ourselves. Being kind to ourselves doesn't just mean the cliche self-care bath and face mask (although it certainly does include this!). It can be how we talk to ourselves, how we interact with others, whether we act in line with our values, whether we look after our bodies' basic needs, and so much more! We'd love to hear what your take on being kind to yourself means and whether it's important to you. I'm looking forward to hearing some new ideas for how we can take care of ourselves and each other!

 

I look forward to hearing all your answers next week! Until then, take care Smiley Happy

 

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Re: SLOW-MO GR: Being kind to myself (18th to 22nd of January)

Looking forward to this GR! Smiley Happy

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Being kind to myself (18th to 22nd of January)

To the person reading this, this is a sign to be kind to yourself. Kindness to others is something we have been taught to do from a really young age, but with the increase in social media use the amount of kindness we give to ourselves is lowered. Nowadays it seems more normal to hate yourself and compare yourself with these glamorised Instagram reels of people and their lives than to be kind to ourselves. Personally, I think we will all struggle with this at some point and its matter of creating good habits when we feel good that we can use for moments we feel that we need to be kinder like flipping the thought or saying I love you to yourself until you believe it. 

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's answers and see all the inspiration surrounding kindness to ourselves.


 

 

 

 

 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Being kind to myself (18th to 22nd of January)

Hi everyone! Hope you all are well Smiley Happy Thank you to mods and builders starting this discussion! @Lost_Space_Explorer5 @A_Friend @WheresMySquishy 

We have a few questions for this topic, about the niche of it, how it relates to us individually and collectively, and how being kind to yourself is shown. The first three questions are these below:

What does being kind to ourselves mean?

Why is important?

Can you think of an example of when you've been kind to yourself?

 

Love to hear the responses! Smiley Very Happy

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Re: SLOW-MO GR: Being kind to myself (18th to 22nd of January)

Hey All!! I think this is a great Slow MO discussion! Coming into the new year I am sure lots of people have made new year resolutions and goals to tackle on, but being mindful to be kind to yourselves and work within your limits is so important! Smiley Happy

What does being kind to ourselves mean?

Taking a time out to rest, reflect and reboot ourselves is the best form of kindness. Taking breaks from work, school/study, friends, family, sports etc. to rest will only maximise your efforts down the track! Being reflective on your everyday, how your feeling, checking in with yourself and making points of gratitude through your day Smiley Happy

Why is important?

You are your first person, your own best friend, and there is nothing more painful than seeing your best friend run down, and hurting! Nurture yourself Heart

Can you think of an example of when you've been kind to yourself?

This morning! I went for my morning walk, listened to a podcast and did some flow/meditation before work to start my week Heart

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Being kind to myself (18th to 22nd of January)

Looking forward to seeing the responses for this chat! Already loving what I've seen so far.

 

What does being kind to ourselves mean?

I think it means looking after ourselves, and I associate it with self-care. Physically, we can take care of ourselves by exercising, eating well and getting enough rest. Looking after ourselves physically can also help our mental health. We could also listen to music, meditate, and have breaks from stressful things like work or school. We can be kind to ourselves in many different ways, and whatever way we choose is valid! Who we interact with can also have drastic effects on our wellbeing. Looking after ourselves can also involve setting boundaries, and surrounding ourselves with supportive and caring people. 

 

Why is important?

Being kind to ourselves is important for our mental health. Looking after ourselves ensures that we stay healthy physically and mentally. Although being kind to ourselves is important, there are a lot of obstacles that can prevent that from happening. In society, for example, I feel like there is too much emphasis placed on success and achievement. This can be a dangerous mindset, for people will feel obligated to sacrifice their wellbeing to achieve this. 

 

Can you think of an example of when you've been kind to yourself?

Last week, I bought a shelf for my bedroom. I've become stingy recently, so buying expensive items makes me feel uneasy. But, I haven't bought anything expensive in a while, so I decided to buy it. Whilst it's important to make sure we don't spend too much money, I should be more open to treating myself to a few items.

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Being kind to myself (18th to 22nd of January)

@Milkninja222 thank you, I would love to hear your response to these questions or the next round. 

What does being kind to ourselves mean?

Taking time to rest and break from work/study. Talking to myself like I would a best friend, reminding myself I'm human and I'm not perfect

Why is important?

This important for overall health with an emphasis on mental/emotional health. Also for me personally life has highlighted the importance of being your own best friend.

Can you think of an example of when you've been kind to yourself?

Today and last week I have been taking time off working and working out since I'm a little burnout and switching the negative thoughts for more positive ones

 

@featuringme and @Kaylee-RO I had pretty similar response to you, great minds think alike and thanks for answering these.

 

Hope to see different and the same people reply to the tomorrows round of questions 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Being kind to myself (18th to 22nd of January)

Super excited for this chat Smiley Very Happy

 

What does being kind to ourselves mean?

It means different things for different people. When it comes down to the core of it for me, I think it means looking after your own needs (physical, social, emotional, spiritual, etc.). It's also about whether things you do align with your values.

 

An example of when someone isn't kind to themselves could be like if you think you're a bad person, then you might act like how you think you should, by pushing people away and acting bitter and that could be a way of self sabotaging. Being kind to ourselves would be challenging this belief about yourself and following your values in relationships (e.g. being open and honest)

 

Why is important?

It's important so we can be happy and healthy and respect ourselves

 

Can you think of an example of when you've been kind to yourself?

Today I played piano for a little while for the first time in AGES (since the start of the pandemic)- I had just kind of lost interest in it. And my parents sort of always used to thank me for playing so it didn't feel like something I did for me. But today I shut the doors and played for me Smiley Happy (albeit very poorly because I'm way out of practice)

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Being kind to myself (18th to 22nd of January)

Ahh I was trying to find this thread! Is it too late? @Lost_Space_Explorer5 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Being kind to myself (18th to 22nd of January)

Tuesday’s question!

 

I hope everyone is well and having a great start to the week Heart

 

I would really love to hear everyone’s thoughts on the below question:

 

Does how we talk to ourselves impact on our approach to different aspects of our lives (e.g. work/study, relationships, sleep, eating, etc)?

 

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