Be gentle with yourself. It’s so true! We are often our worst critics. We often repeat the negative things that people have said to us over and over again in our minds. But why do we do this? That’s not to say that you shouldn’t own up to the consequences of your actions. But if you are constantly criticizing yourself for small petty things then maybe you should give yourself a break. You don’t criticize the trees for shedding their leaves in fall. It’s just what they do. It’s a part of what being a tree is. Similarly, remember that you’re only human. You don’t need to be everything to everyone. You don’t have to be anything but yourself. Someone will love you for who you are. If they don’t, recognize that you can’t please everyone and accept that you are worth enough in your own right. In a physical sense you can also be gentle with yourself by taking care of your body. Feed your body nourishing foods, give it enough sleep and rest. When it wants to dance or move, let it do so. When you feel like singing or screaming let it out. I’m a fan of letting it out rather than bottling it up. You need to experience your emotions to process them and let them go. If that’s what you need to do then do it. That’s how you can be gentle with yourself: by acknowledging the totality of who you are and accepting it.