When you hear the word ‘relationship,’ you probably think of your behavior and interactions with other people, such as a friend, family member, or romantic partner. There’s one important relationship that people often forget about—the one with themselves. How you treat yourself or think of yourself is extremely important and can influence all the other relationships you have in your life.

Here’s what a life coach has got to say about developing a healthy relationship with yourself:

The importance of a self-relationship

Society doesn’t teach us how to develop a healthy self-relationship, but it’s important to be mindful of it. Being overly critical of yourself can negatively affect your self-esteem and make you feel bad regularly. Low self-esteem can even make you avoid or retreat from your friends and family or neglect your boundaries and put up with toxic relationships.

The lack of confidence in yourself and your abilities can also keep you from pursuing your goals, leading to an unfulfilling life and an unhealthy mental state. This can cause stress, anxiety, and depression.

What can you do?

There are many ways that you can work towards improving your relationship with yourself.

Check-in frequently

Take a few minutes out of your daily life to consider how you feel and try your best to put a name to the sensation in your mind and body. What’s going on in your head? How does it feel?

It’s important to validate your feelings once you’ve noticed them, even the unpleasant ones like shame and anger.

Validating doesn’t mean that you excuse them away; it means that you accept the reality of the situation and understand why you feel the way you feel. This is the best way of moving forward.

Be okay with saying ‘no’

We’re all tempted to keep the peace by saying yes to everything, but it’s important to check your boundaries and abilities and say a firm ‘no’ to some things. It’s okay to take time out for yourself, it’s okay to rest, and it’s okay to show up for yourself before others sometimes.

Make time for yourself

It’s important for you to give your relationships some time and effort to nurture them, and the same goes for your relationship with yourself. Take out some time every day to read a book, play some games, or indulge in your favorite hobbies.

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A transformational wellness coach can help you create a healthy relationship with yourself

If you want to improve your relationship with yourself to have a better relationship with others and enjoy a healthier state of mind, Kathy McKnight can help you out. It can be difficult to know how to start improving your life without professional guidance. A certified transformational life coach will help you find out what’s holding you back and motivate you toward a path of self-love.

Kathy also provides business coaching and family counseling services in Tampa.

Contact her today!

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