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Why It’s Hard for Me to Speak Kindly to Myself

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A few years ago, when I was in a residential program for my mental health, we had to participate in an exercise where each of us had to compliment another client and all we could respond with was “thank you.” This forced us to sit with the discomfort of a compliment about something we deeply didn’t believe to be true about ourselves.

For example, someone would say to me, “Becca, you’re courageous,” and all I was allowed to say back was, “thank you,” all while all the excuses as to why I believe I’m not took over my thoughts.

This past weekend, I was reminded of this exercise when I was at the gym and someone kept reminding me I need to be kinder to myself.

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