Seven: Move your body, not to lose weight, but because it makes you feel more powerful. You can read more about this here.
Eight: Take care of your emotional wounds. Everyone has emotional wounds from the painful, terrifying, and confusing times of life. Just like physical wounds, our emotional wounds need care and healing.
When we don’t take time to heal them, they can fester and become infected, which hurts us and sometimes other people in our life. Taking time to tend to our emotional wounds is one of the wisest things we can do.
Living can be so painful sometimes, and we inevitably pick up some wounds along the way.
Important people in our lives can help us a great deal by showing us unconditional kindness and encouragement.
But the most important kindness in our life is the kindness we show ourselves.
We are the closest person to us. Generally speaking, we understand our wounds and our needs better than anyone else.
And we also know how to meet them better than anyone else, although sometimes it takes a while to figure it out.
Practicing kindness to ourselves is one of the best practices for healing our wounds and creating a stable foundation for a peaceful life of integrity.
Peace to you, Friend.
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 There is no doubt that fear and self-hate can motivate us to change for a while. Fear and self-hate cause us pain, and no one wants to be in constant pain, so we often change in the short-term to stop the pain.
But eventually, trying to change through fear and self-hate bring us so much pain, that we develop new destructive habits or sink back into old ones in order to soothe the fear and self-hate we fear.
This causes a vicious cycle. If you are wondering how to escape or break such a cycle, please keep reading above.
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My name is Shelly Johnson, and I am a writer and philosopher with a Ph.D. in philosophy. One of my primary personal and philosophical interests is how we can learn to love ourselves and each other better in order to cultivate personal and political resilience. I teach ethics and a variety of other courses at a local college. I am the author of the blog Love is Stronger. I am also the author of three logic and critical thinking books for high school and middle school: _Argument Builder_, _Discovery of Deduction_ (co-author), and _Everyday Debate_, published by Classical Academic Press. You can reach me at email@example.com.
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