It’s a simple concept that is so difficult to put into practice: be kind to yourself.

Being kind to other people is easy. If someone had a bad day at work or struggled with their thesis, I’d chat them through it. Maybe get them a drink or an ice cream or something of the sort. I’d suggest a walk on the promenade or spending time at the Newlands dam.

But when I have a bad day, I’ll put extra pressure on myself. I might cancel social events and restrict myself from doing fun stuff. Sometimes I’m frustrated and disappointed with myself and I let that feeling linger.

Over the last few days I’ve been given the same advice from a number of different people. And I dispense the same advice to others. Acting on it is tough. We’re our own harshest critics. And understandably so. But maybe we should also be our own fans sometimes too. And treat ourselves how we would treat others going through the same thing.

Be kind to yourself

Image was taken at my favourite spot in August. When I go to the dam it’s probably when I’m the kindest to myself

Thesis update:best day yet, lots of data work done. Feeling overwhelmed, but managing.
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