Cultivating Self-Compassion in Daily Routines

Written May 17, 2021

I’ve never really been one for routines. I like feeling free with a flexible schedule. Yet, there are certain things my body, mind, and spirit need in order to feel centered and grounded. In the last year, I’ve learned to lean in and get intentional with caring for myself. In order to do this, I’ve been learning how to be compassionate towards myself and treat myself kindly. This has also meant taking time to do the things I need to feel good and building a ritual around it.

In January 2021, I joined the Yoga with Adriene community for the 30-day “Breath” series of yoga. During these days, I discovered the gift of a daily ritual where I could show up for myself. It fit with my intention to be gentle and compassionate with myself in 2021. Every day, I sat on my yoga mat and connected with my breath. I played with hand positioning for poses and breath ratios. I listened to my intuition as to whether I wanted to stay seated or stand up. Do I want to do an inversion, or is that not what I need today? Every moment, an opportunity to connect with my breath and my needs.

This heightened my awareness to the ways I can keep my body, mind, and spirit centered. It has taken ongoing reflection, intention, and compassion. I have a little exercise I do to see where I assess my needs in the moment, spending time in reflection on a weekly and daily basis. A little extra intention and love is something you are also worthy of, my friend! I share a little, downloadable worksheet I made at the end of this post. It’s a gift to you because you deserve it!

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