There is no one harder on themselves in life than moms and probably women in general. We are our own worst critic. It’s hard not to play the comparison game, beat ourselves up for our mistakes and suffer from feelings of guilt for no doing it all. Kim Fredrickson reminds us all of grace and loving ourselves in her book Give Yourself a Break.
Why is it so easy for us to show compassion to our kids, friends and family but no ourselves? Why do we continue to beat ourselves up day after day? Fredrickson gently guides us on a journey of self love and compassion.
It’s hard to sum up his book because it was so interesting on so many levels and I really like her easy style of writing. One of the things that good out to me the most was the chapter on how self-compassion can help all of our other relationships. For those of us that are focused on everyone but ourselves, this really puts it all into perspective. It’s kind of like the same idea that if you don’t make time for yourself, you’re not going to be your best self. Paying attention to yourself and loving yourself does actually help with all those other people that we tend to focus the most on.
I really liked her use of scripture and how she reminds us Biblically that we need to love ourselves like we love others. There are some interesting tools and exercises to help you figure it out along the way.
Give Yourself a Break is a really encouraging, uplifting read that I so needed in my life right now!
About the Book
Many people are used to showing compassion to others. What many of us have trouble with is showing that same compassion to ourselves. Too often we say things to ourselves that we would never say to a friend. All this negative self-talk can have a devastating effect on our lives.
Licensed marriage and family therapist Kim Fredrickson wants readers to stop beating themselves up. Grounding her advice in the Bible, she offers practical steps, specific exercises, and compassionate words to say in order to build a loving relationship with ourselves. Through inspiring stories of transformation, she helps us learn to show ourselves the kind of grace and understanding we offer to others–and to change our relationships, our outlook on life, and our view of ourselves in the process.
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