How to be a Better Friend to Yourself

1. Accept yourself unconditionally. A good friend accepts you for who you are, notices your best qualities, and doesn’t compare you to others. If you notice that you’re being self-critical, try to notice what you’re struggling with and offer yourself compassion instead of criticism.

 2. Get to know yourself. Self-understanding and awareness are important parts of being a good friend to yourself.

 3. Do nice things for yourself. You can do this for yourself by saying something encouraging or complimenting yourself, spending time doing something you enjoy, cooking your favorite meal, taking time to relax, or giving yourself a small gift.

 4. Set boundaries. Without boundaries, we run the risk of overextending ourselves, getting burnt out, feeling resentful, and letting people treat us poorly.