Being your own best friend is one of the greatest experiences you can have. When we love and care for ourselves, we are happier, healthier and have better relationships with others. We are also less worried about what others think and tend to be happier with time to ourselves.

​​Becoming your own best friend won’t always happen instantly. Here are some tips to help you become you own best friend.

Please find our top tips below

1. Positive Self-Talk
​Pay attention to the way you are talking to yourself. Try replacing any negative comments with more positive comments. Try taking time each day to look at yourself in the mirror and say something kind. The way you talk to yourself is SO important!

​​2. Self-Care and Self-Love
​Spend time taking care of yourself. Create time for the things that make you feel good and for things that help you to feel relaxed and restore your energy. Self-care activities are different for everyone. Take time to think about what feels good for you.

​​3. Stand Up For YOU
​Be your own biggest fan and think about all the great things you have achieved – You ARE a miracle! Take time to reflect on your achievements and all the great things about you. This could include being a great friend, trying hard at school or getting out of your comfort zone.

​​4. Boundaries
​Set boundaries for how you want others to treat you…And stand by them! Remember, boundaries are there to protect us and help us feel good. When we set clear boundaries, we are taking good care of ourselves.

​​5. Find Happiness
​Do things that make you feel happy! Creating happiness in your life is a great way to treat yourself like a BFF. Think about the things that bring you joy and do those things regularly. Things that bring you happiness could be time with friends, after school activities, family time or time alone. What things bring you happiness?

Family activity:
Set a challenge for everyone in your family to do something this week for themselves; something that makes them feel happy and helps them to connect with themselves. Ask everyone to take at least 30 minutes of time for themselves with no one else, take this time to do what makes you happy. At the end of the week discuss what each of you did and how you enjoyed/or didn’t enjoy the time to yourself. Try to make this a regular family activity.

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