Over my many years of being on Mfp, I've heard untold numbers of times people saying:
"Be Kind to Yourself". I know most people know/understand what this means and it sounds simple enough to understand and do. But for YEARS, this "be kind to yourself" to me was a LOT like many things my father used to tell me a lot when I was young, and I would just shake my head in agreement with him and walk out thinking, "he's a crazy old coot--I don't have a CLUE what he means. Example, he would constantly tell me stuff like "don't go looking for trouble, because you will surely find it or when I couldn't achieve something, he'd say--that's cause you aint hungry enough, once you get hungry enough, you'll find the answers to what you're looking for" or you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink, you can send a boy to school, but you can't make him think" Stuff like that, when I was young and even up until my getting much older, I just didn't get it/undestand it--sounded like crazy old coot talk.
The same thing with "Be kind to yourself" that sounds easy to understand and do...but for a lot of people--it's not. That's why I'm starting this thread--so people can understand "get-it" what being kind to oneself actually looks like and means in a practical everyday way. One way I think we can be kind(er) to ourselves is our user names. I see many people with user names that are seemingly used/chosen to be funny or "lighthearted" but they are really negative and maybe even sublimely keeping them down and out. Like for example of a user name (I'm making these up, hopefully there is nobody using this name--if they are, sorry about that). User names like "Imfatandhopeless" or "bigolepig" or fatforeverandloving it, stuff like that. If we choose a user name that is more, ummmm, positive and uplifting, more "powerful" if you will...that is being kind(er) to oneself and may inspire you.
So, if you will...please add some ways that you are kind to yourself (on a regular basis) and also what does being kind to yourself mean to you?