“Give us some grace” is a phrase that we often hear right now at work, in our communities and in our relationships. And it’s no surprise why people are asking for grace. We are at a place in which we are having to wade through uncharted territories. We are charged with trying to make things work in new ways that require different skills and creativity to accomplish. We are having to do our best in the uncertainty that lies ahead. This can be both physically and emotionally draining. Webster’s Dictionary defines grace as: The exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; disposition to benefit or serve another. Asking for grace is a great segue into any new task.
So how are you doing with applying grace to yourself in your own life? Are you in need of some kindness and mercy in a current situation? Do you need to stop beating yourself up for something you did or did not do?
Laura Heacock writes,
"When you’re doing hard things.
When you’re going through change.
When you’re noticing old patterns creeping back in.
When you don’t feel like you showed up at your best.
When you’re lost in the whirling dervish of busy.
When your heart feels heavy.
When your mood feels flat.
When you pick a fight for no reason.
When you lose your temper.
When you make a mistake.
When you are having a very human experience, give yourself grace.”
The great news is that each day is new and we can start taking steps to better mental health in our daily practice right at this very moment. Taking small steps can make a big difference. Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas to get you on the right track!
- 52 Ways You Can Be Kinder to Yourself
- What It Really Means To Be Kind To Yourself: 9 Ways You Can Show Self-Kindness
- Taking Care of Yourself
— Julie Tucker, behavior health systems coach
Reference: Give Yourself Grace