The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself This Christmas, Here's HowBy Chris Brandt, UniversityHerald Reporter
During Christmas, we often focus on the gifts that we could give to our family and friends that we forget ourselves. This is understandable since it is that time of year where people become more generous than usual. On the other hand, it is not a crime nor a sin to give yourself a gift this holiday season. And when it comes to the best gift, there's nothing like giving yourself the gift of self-compassion.
So how do you give it you might ask? You'll be surprised how simple yet overlooked the answers are. Self-compassion begins with yourself learning how to say no to things which goes beyond what you can handle. Depleting yourself just to please everyone is dangerous to your well-being.
Another area where you need self-compassion is to verbalize what you need as opposed to letting people guess. Face the fact that even you or the most sensitive person on planet Earth, you will fail people many times because mind reading is non-existent. Thus, if you want people to clearly understand you, communicate your needs, wants, and ideas in the clearest and simplest way possible.
Another skill you need to learn when you want to exercise self-compassion is through delegation. Be realistic with what you can and cannot do. When you cannot do it, learn to delegate the task. Not only will it become easier for you but it also becomes much faster to finish the job at hand.
Lastly, being compassionate to yourself also means eating the right kind of food and exercising regularly. Add to that the much-needed sleep your body needs everyday. Being able to find a routine that works for you is the secret to success. If you are experiencing burnout, sustaining and nurturing your personal well-being will greatly improve it and other areas of your life as well.