Take a bird’s-eye view

First For Women - - Insight -

Cre­ate a bal­anced ac­count of what hap­pened by iden­ti­fy­ing the mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances that led to your set­back. Were you jug­gling ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that made it hard to plan meals? Were you trav­el­ing? “You’ll not only tem­per self-crit­i­cism, you’ll also get some in­sight into what you could change to set your­self up for success next time,” says Neff. “Peo­ple say, ‘This is just let­ting my­self off the hook,’ but re­search shows when you’re kind to your­self, you’re more will­ing to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and do what you can to im­prove.”

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