29 Jan Commit to Being Your Wonderful, Weird Self
It’s the New Year and you may feel like it’s time for a reset. Thoughts that we should be a better parent, friend, spouse or that we should make more money, get organized, lose weight, and eat clean (whatever that is!) tend to amplify in volume at the beginning of the year.
Yet how often do we think about adding self-acceptance and self-compassion to our goals for the year? How about this year you get real comfortable with your wonderful, quirky self? Why bother? Because self-acceptance and self-compassion are the best 1st steps towards making meaningful change in your life. Trade in the shoulda, woulda, coulda’s for a little I’m just fine the way I am thank you very much.
Self-Acceptance & Self-Compassion
Self-acceptance: An awareness of your strengths and opportunities in a realistic (albeit subjective) manner. The ability to be satisfied with yourself just the way you are. Knowing that you are not perfect.
Self-compassion: The ability to speak to yourself with compassion and kindness rather than using harsh self-criticism and judgment/comparison to others. Self-compassion is the ability to embrace your humanness while still striving to do better.
You will get where you need to go in your own way. It is smoother when you accept who you are and offer yourself encouragement rather than chastisement.
Embrace those things that make you unique and interesting. Only you can be you and that alone is valuable. Happy New Year!
Kate Murphy, LMSW
Kate Murphy, a therapist in Berkeley Lake, specializes in helping you decrease stress and anxiety so that you can live a more balanced, connected, and meaningful life. Kate works with individuals and couples over the age of 18 to support healing, communicating, and experiencing joy more often.