Inspiration, Well-Being and Success Tips – Being kind to yourself- Week 8


Inspiration, Well-Being and Success tips for your 11 Plus

Inspiration for Students

Being Kind to Yourself

Do you know that everyone has those days where they really can’t be bothered to do something? Or something has gone wrong, or they feel a bit low in their mood.

Well, everybody has those days at some point.

The key is how you respond on those days.

It is good to listen to your body, not worry about what you should be doing and just chill out and take care of yourself.

Then, the next day wake up with a fresh head, positive mind and the ability to get on with what you need to do.


We have talked about how to refresh your energy levels by listening to music, dancing, sleeping and eating well. You may have some other tips on how you feel energised.


Dr Kirstin Neff who studies Self-Compassion says we should treat ourselves with the same compassion that you would treat a friend.





How do you talk to yourself?

Actively listen to how you talk to yourself and be aware if you are not talking to yourself in a kind way.

You can then learn to talk to yourself in a much gentler and more compassionate way, just by being aware of the chatter that goes on in your head.


Ask yourself “How can I comfort and care for myself in this moment?”.


Keep asking this question, when it is not a good day or you haven’t done well at something.



Keep a Self-Compassion Journal


“Keeping a daily journal in which you process the difficult events of your day through a lens of selfcompassion can enhance both mental and physical well-​being”.

Dr Kirstin Neff


At the end of each day:

  1. Review your journal
  2. Notice whether you spoke kindly or harshly to yourself
  3. Keep striving to be kind to yourself!


Success Tips 

Answer every Question / Checking answers at the end of every exercise

Even when you are revising at home and doing any 11 plus exercises, get into the habit of always answering every question.

Do not leave any questions out.

If you are not sure, get into the habit of noting the question number which you struggled with.


At the end of the exercise, go back and review the answer which you put.


This means that when you come to do the real 11 plus exam, that you will be in the habit of answering every question and reviewing any answers which you were not sure about at the end of each section.



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