Practice Self Compassion
This blog is one of a series, you can find the last one here if you missed it.
During lockdown, I started talking to Fiona Reith, fellow coach and friend, about what we could do as coaches to support people through this time of change, which is essentially what we do.
We wanted to offer something easily accessible to all, with as much value as possible and came up with the idea of a series of blogs focussing on thriving through transitions.
Knowing how coaches love to collaborate and support others, we then, went out to our network to ask if they would share their best piece of advice to help others adapt and thrive through periods of unexpected change. This is part 5 in the series and focusses on being kind to ourselves.
Coaches, Kiki Stanton https://www.linkedin.com/in/kikikirbycoaching/ and Laura Bentley, https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-bentley-balanced-life-coach/ share below, how this can be put into practice.
Kiki who is a Coach for entrepreneurs, businesses and heart centred individuals says.
“Be Kind and Compassionate to yourself and others daily. Everyone is doing the best they can in this time. Create a routine and structure for yourself which will help ensure you have a purpose daily. Working on Habits in your personal and work life can help you focus.
Questions to ask yourself
How do I want to feel?
What is my intention?
Personal habits, such as:
· Health & Lifestyle
· Creativity & Learning
· Connection & Community
· Me, Self & Inner Peace
And Work Habits:
· Success Mindset
· Connections + Communications
· Business/Work Action
· Results + Reflection
· Well-being + Wellness
Allow yourself to rediscover life and evolve daily. Your Life and Health are a gift – appreciate it, treasure it, be grateful. It's not happiness that brings us gratitude. It's gratitude that brings us happiness.”
And Laura who works with busy, working parents advises:
“You are the expert in your own life so trust your instinct in what feels right for you to do in these unusual times.
Listen to your inner wisdom to quieten the comparison of what others are doing. You are exactly where you need to be right now. When you are ready to adapt to the change around you, ask yourself some questions to help you along that new path.
What am I cherishing about my situation?
What feels hard?
What can I let go of?
You may want to write these in a journal to document your journey, and then speak to someone you trust to help you see how to move forward with any ideas or actions that come up. Most importantly, be kind and compassionate to yourself.”