page Be Kind to Yourself
“Train your brain to be your greatest cheerleader, most compassionate friend and most loving parent rather than your worst critic,” said Joyce Marter, LCPC, a therapist and owner of the counseling practice Urban Balance in the Chicago area. In fact, any time your inner critic starts snarling, ask yourself: “What would I say to my best friend if they were struggling with the same thing?” “What would I suggest they do?” “Would I judge them this harshly?” Often, we’re much more patient, understanding and flexible with others than we ever are with ourselves. But “Remember that we are all human and nobody is perfect.” Marter suggested “keeping a running gratitude list thanking yourself for all you do that promotes wellness in your life and the lives of others.”
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