We often hear about the importance of being kind to others, but being kind to ourselves is just as important! It’s a lesson that starts early, and kids, just like adults, can learn the art of self-compassion. Afterall, the way you treat yourself can influence how you interact with others. In a world that often feels overwhelming, here are three powerful ways kids can show kindness to themselves, building a strong foundation for a happy and healthy future:
Self-care is like a secret potion that keeps you feeling good inside and out. And the best part? It feels great to do! It’s about taking time to nurture your mind, body, and soul. Kids, it’s essential to recognize when you need a break or when your body needs rest. Sometimes, it’s as simple as finding a quiet spot to read a favorite book, taking a deep breath to calm your mind, or enjoying a creative hobby to relax. Self-care is a promise to yourself that says, “I am important, and I deserve to feel good.” How can you expect to put out your best work if you’re not feeling 100 percent? That’s why self-care is so impactful!
Your inner voice can be your biggest cheerleader, or your toughest critic. That depends on how much you practice positive self-talk! When you speak or even think about yourself with uplifting language, you become more confident; talking about yourself negatively only puts you down further. It takes skill to be able to always frame our surroundings in a positive light, but the more you practice it, the better you will get! Start by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, just like you would for a friend. This self-encouragement fosters resilience and self-confidence, making challenges easier to conquer.
Set Achievable Goals
Setting goals is an extremely beneficial habit, but it can be easy to overlook the importance of making sure your goals are achievable. Don’t worry, anything you set your mind to can still be achieved, but most times you’ll need to progressively work your way up the ladder. When you set a goal, it should be something that challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, but you don’t have to make any leaps of faith right away. Setting achievable goals means starting with what you can handle, and progressively pushing yourself to go further and further each time. Being able to achieve the goals you set will greatly boost your self-esteem, which is one the kindest things you can do for yourself!
In Our Classes…
This week, our classes will focus on doing nice things for ourselves. Our team of instructors will make sure that our students are embracing self-care, practicing positive self-talk, and setting achievable goals in order to learn how to be inwardly kind. Fortunately for our students, we are still hosting our month-long October Golden Rule challenge. This week, kids can fill out their Week 3 challenge sheets by doing 1 nice thing for themselves each day for the whole week, and earn a prize for doing so! We are dedicated to helping our students become the best versions of themselves, which starts by being kind to our own bodies, minds, and souls.
Kids, showing kindness to yourself is not selfish; it’s an essential life skill that helps you navigate life’s ups and downs with resilience and self-assurance. By embracing self-care, practicing positive self-talk, and setting realistic goals, you’re building a foundation for a future filled with self-love and personal growth. Remember, the relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for all other relationships in your life. So, make it a loving and empowering one. Be your own biggest supporter, your own best friend, and watch as kindness to yourself transforms your world in remarkable ways!