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While plans are important, we need to remember that the most importantthing we must do is to take care of ourselves. An aerobic instructoronce told our class that her resolution was to be kinder and more gentlein how she treats herself.I like that idea and it falls right in line with one of my favoriteacronyms * IALAC *I am lovable and capable. If you believe that idea it will be easier tobe good to yourself. Why should you be good to yourself? Because youdeserve it.There are probably many tasks you do that are taken for granted by youand those you interact with. Be good to yourself and say, "I did a goodjob with that." Take pride in your accomplishments and don't beembarrassed to give yourself a compliment. You don't have to wait toreceive one from others.Reward your efforts in any activity with the thought that you areexpanding your horizons and your personal growth cycle. Therefore youdeserve a pat on the back, a bouquet of flowers, a night on the town, ashopping trip, or whatever gives you pleasure.Be gentle to your emotional state. Watch out for self talk messagesthat are not positive. It seems to be far easier to put ourselves downfor non critical errors of judgment or mistakes than it is to tell ourmind that we are special, worthy, and lovable. Your emotions can ruleyour behavior and thoughts if you allow them to. You are what you thinkand what you think governs how you act. Take care with those thoughts.Be kind to your body. Many of us over indulge during the holidays andthen punish ourselves with diets and excessive exercise. Take it easyon yourself. Slow and steady is good advice to practice. It's best tokeep to a sensible program that you will not get tired of too quickly.Many of us have given up by Valentine's Day - and then we lay a guilttrip upon ourselves on a day that is supposed to express love.Your spiritual state also needs to be nurtured with kindness andgentleness. Take time to do things for yourself, things that you enjoyand want to do on your own terms and time frame. These activitiesinclude getting out to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty, quiet time tomeditate or enjoy your religious customs, working on a hobby, andspending time with family and friends. Participating in activities thatare good for your soul will bring you an inner sense of peace andhappiness.If you are treating yourself in a nice way, you will be comfortable andable to treat others well also. These actions are generally returned inkind and have a way of snowballing. This is the reverse of theproverbial vicious circle and is certainly a more pleasant track to berunning your life on.A variety of activities and behaviors are the key elements tomaintaining a desire and interest in being kind and gentle to yourphysical, mental, and emotional health. Remember - you are lovable aswell as capable. In addition to making goals and plans, considermaking this "resolution" a positive habit that turns into an ongoinglife-long goal.