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Make Being Kind to Yourself a Priority

By The American Heart Association


One of the first lessons children are taught is to be kind to others. While this is heavily emphasized, how often are kids reminded to take time and be kind to themselves? Being kind to yourself can look many ways and is often easier said than done. Teaching kids from a young age to practice kindness and self-compassion can alleviate stress and allow for a more fulfilled life.

 

Here are three easy ways you can help your kids build healthy habits to make being kind to themselves a priority:

 

  1. Teach your children to practice speaking daily affirmations. Affirmations are simple, positive statements that buoy self-confidence and help protect kids from feelings of helplessness and overwhelm. These empowering mantras have profound effects on the conscious and unconscious mind. Affirmations like “I am brilliant and can do anything I set my mind to” and “I am strong” can help build a growth mindset and reduce stress.

  2.  Create a positive routine.  Build self-love into your everyday routine by encouraging morning meditation, evening journaling or a dinner-time discussion of intentions for the next day. Taking time to reflect and celebrate as a family and as individuals builds a strong sense of community and self, which is great for the whole family.

  3.  hill. For children to be kind to themselves, it’s important they have time and ways to combat the stress of daily life.  Be sure your daily schedule includes downtime to relax and reflect. You might want to build in time as a family such as a screen-free or activity-free day each week where the focus is on rest, play and relaxation.


As we all know, it takes a village to instill healthy habits like this for our children. That’s why the American Heart Association is working in schools across the nation to teach children about being kind to ourselves. Throughout the Association’s Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge programs, schools are equipped with tools and activities to support both mental and physical well-being for students, families and staff. Parents and schools in [insert city] who are interested in bringing the American Heart Association’s in-school programs to their children should visit www.heart.org/getstarted.

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