"I was tired of hearing my harshest critic, the little voice in my head, so I became more kind to myself." -Member of MyEczemaTeam
You may judge yourself and others every day without realizing it. Like many members of MyEczemaTeam living with eczema, you may judge yourself when you look in the mirror, when you feel self-conscious, or when you falter with an everyday task. The problem is when you let these internal judgments shape belief in yourself.
Here are recent conversations from members on MyEczemaTeam:
"Had eczema all my life but have to say thanks to this wonderful weather we been having my skin is almost clear. So I've been able to go into the ocean as well and I'm convinced the salt water and sun help me more as long as I make sure I moisturize too."
"Going fairly well at the moment, I got prescribed a new cream & wash for everyday use & a stronger steroid cream (with an antibiotic) for flare-ups. My skin had been very, very dry & itchy beforehand. Fingers crossed for more good days."
Experts in mindfulness and self-care recommend pausing a moment when you find you're judging yourself. Be aware of these judgments. Ask yourself where they're coming from. Use the moment to be gentle and compassionate with yourself.
Do you recall a time when you were particularly harsh or critical of yourself? What are you doing to show yourself more kindness in those moments? Share that moment in the comments below or directly on MyEczemaTeam.