Random Acts of Kindness to Yourself


Now I am not saying you should ignore acts of kindness to others, but hey, what about yourself? Let’s use this week of Thanksgiving to give ourselves a little kindness.  Kindness in an unexpected, random way will feel like a surprise to your inner child and help you add balance to your life during the holidays.

According to Lauren E.Miller, stress expert and a breast cancer survivor, scientific studies reveal a strong link between gratitude and random acts of kindness and overall good health, including stress reduction, inner peace and happiness. Some of the physiological benefits to this experience include:

  • Increased immune system
  • Improved cognitive performance
  • Increase in energy
  • Lower heart rate
  • Balanced cortisol levels which result in less internal stress
  • More likely to live a longer and more satisfied life
  • Laughter and inner joy resulting in decreased stress hormones; lower blood pressure; diminished pain

Here are some ideas of Random Acts of Kindness to Yourself:

  • Walking by a window and seeing your reflection say “I am more than my reflection” instead of going to negative body talk
  • Get out of work one hour early this week and take yourself to a park or a beautiful street and notice the colors around you
  • In the middle of a stressful day, watch a Youtube that makes you laugh
  • Acknowledge a small success and celebrate by snuggling in with a good book for a 1/2 hour  or so

Treat yourself with kindness and remember all the positive physical benefits as well as fun it can offer.

What is a Random Act of Kindness you can do for yourself this week?

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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