EIGHT SMALL WAYS to be kinder to yourself, each and every day
You, our lovely Object Story readers, share the little ways you're kinder to yourself, from hot chocolate rituals to time in nature and more.
To celebrate World Mental Health Day this week, we recently asked you about the small, daily acts of kindness you show yourselves on a daily basis. The type of little things that might fly under the radar day-to-day; yet, over time, they make an important difference to your mood and outlook.
Because the truth is, many of us put our own needs on the backburner without even thinking about it in life. We side-line what our bodies tell us about being tired and overloaded, and take on more than we can manage; then beat ourselves up for "failing" to meet our own, unrealistic standards.
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Maybe, then, this week is a cue for us to change tack; to make a conscious and creative effort to be kinder to ourselves, and seal that commitment within a series of small daily gestures. Things like taking time to make yourself a proper breakfast, or lighting a candle at the end of the day. Over time, these acts will hopefully build an energy of their own, leading to a more rooted and instinctive form of self-kindness.
Not sure where to start? Here are eight of our favourite suggestions from our brilliant Object Story community over on Instagram.
Power of dance
"Putting on some favourite tunes and singing & dancing like no one is watching. Also whistling while I work is a good grounding technique I use."
"Taking the time to make something ordinary a thoughtful ritual. Today it was spending a good 10 minutes crafting a smashing hot chocolate. I lit a candle, put some music on, heated the milk gently in my favourite little pan, used my best mug, and made it feel a bit sacred."
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"Smiling at myself whenever I see myself in the mirror. We often smile at others, but don't always extend this small gesture to ourselves."
Sleep of dreams
"Falling asleep to a great book or a mindfulness recording. Even better with fresh sheets, a silk pillowcase, silk eye mask and a spritz of sleep spray!"
"For me the best self care is getting outside every day. Whether it's a short walk or sitting under a tree for a few minutes or getting my hands in the soil in the garden. Recently I've started sea swimming more regularly and that is wonderful medicine."
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"I encourage my husband to take our son to rugby so that I can have the house to myself for an hour. Peace and quiet."
"Definitely my morning coffee ritual. I take my time, using an aeropress and my favourite hand-made mug and sit outside or look out the window as I drink it. That way I feel connected to the outside world and the weather even if I'm going to spend the rest of the day inside at a desk."
Leaving work behind
"I pour myself a drink (sometimes a little wine, sometimes something soft or hot) while I’m cooking tea for my kids and I, to help me leave my work day behind for a few hours (I’m self employed so never fully ‘off’, but I’m working on that!) and be really present with my kiddos for a while. A little ritual to put a line under one part of my workday, and I always look forward to it."
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