In trying times it’s more important than ever to practice self-compassion and show ourselves the same kindness and consideration we show to others. When we do, we’re more resilient and far better able to put our challenges into perspective.

Self-compassion starts with self-care. If we’re sleep deprived, depleted and always ‘on’, we’re more likely to be irritable and impatient with others. But we’re also more likely to be unkind to ourselves. 

When we get the sleep we need, bring a little more movement to each day and set boundaries with technology, we set ourselves up to be at our most present and compassionate.

Here are three science-backed Microsteps you can take immediately to bring more self-care into your life. Which will you try?

 

1. Set an alarm for 30 minutes before your bedtime.

Setting an alarm reminds you that if you’re going to get to bed on time, you need to start wrapping things up.

 

2. Schedule time on your calendar for exercise.

You wouldn’t miss an important meeting or doctor’s appointment, so blocking time off on your calendar for movement can help you prioritise your physical wellbeing in the same way.

 

3. When you wake up, don’t start the day by looking at your phone.

Instead, take at least one minute to breathe deeply or set your intentions for the day.

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