Podcast Episode 16: The Importance of Being Gentle to Yourself

If you’re reading this, I’m willing to bet that you’ve been cruel to yourself when attempting to reach a goal. Whether you were trying to lose weight, train for a marathon, start a business, or what have you, I bet that when you stumbled, you’ve once or twice (or more) had a negative inner dialogue going on. I bet you’ve pushed yourself to burn out or beyond exhaustion.

Most of us do it. But… there’s a better way.

Let’s talk about reframing, taking a pause or a step back as a means of achieving your goals.

Or listen on iTunes.

It’s a short podcast episode, so take a listen. It’s more of a pep talk and encouragement, really.

Research shows that those who are kind to themselves are more likely to lose weight and keep it off. Studies are also showing that self-compassion might actually be the most critical life skill, making you more resilient and more successful.

Today’s challenge

Figure out a way to be kind to yourself this week. Maybe that’s taking time for a walk, a bath, or a passion project. Maybe that’s venting with a friend. Maybe that’s getting to bed early and catching up on sleep. Maybe it’s reprioritizing what matters most in your life.



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2 Responses to Podcast Episode 16: The Importance of Being Gentle to Yourself

  1. Lynn Gray Ross March 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    Thank you, Victoria for this timely reminder about being gentle with yourself. I learned the importance of this in my sixties when I collapsed with liver disease and waited on the list for a new one for four years.

    I had to learn not to identify myself by my achievements in life or my roles as successful professional woman, mother of three and author. The only way forward was to be gentle with myself in recovery which has worked well in the two years since my transplant. It’s still important to me to contribute with my abilities, but not at the expense of my personal well-being. There has to be time for audiobooks and chai lattes and to enhance my journey with resources like your podcasts. I am grateful for my new lease of life and the balance that my experience has brought.
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    • Victoria Smith March 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

      Hi Lynn,
      I’m glad to hear that this resonated for you. I know far too many people who work themselves silly, not enjoying the journey, and being too harsh on themselves to boot. Audiobooks and chai lattes sounds delightful!

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