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"I was tired of listening to my harshest critic, the little voice in my head, so I became more KIND to myself." -Member of MyMSTeam
You may judge yourself and others every day without realizing it. Like many members of MyMSTeam have found, living with multiple sclerosis is an exercise in frustrating moments. You may judge yourself when you look in the mirror, when you forget something, or when fatigue makes simple tasks difficult. The problem is when you let these internal judgments shape belief in yourself.
Here are recent conversations from members on MyMSTeam:
"Had an emotional meltdown at school yesterday. I think it was more likely brought on by my trying to do too much, and not respecting my limitations, not listening to myself. But today is a new day. I will be kind to myself and respect my limitations."
"Letting go of the way I used to live has not been easy but it is necessary to preserve my energy to make it through the day upright. Feeling grateful for giving myself permission to try a new way of living that is kind to myself."
Experts in mindfulness and self-care recommend pausing a moment when you find you're judging yourself. Be aware of those judgments. Ask yourself where this is coming from. Use the moment to be gentle and compassionate with yourself.
Do you recall a time when you were particularly critical of yourself? What are you doing to show yourself kindness in those moments? Share in the comments below or directly on MyMSTeam.
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