Self-compassion is treating oneself with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness, especially during difficult times. It is about recognizing that we all make mistakes. We all experience pain and suffering, but none of these define who we are or will be.
Self-compassion can look like this:
1. Acknowledging and accepting difficult emotions rather than trying to ignore them.
2. Speaking to oneself with kindness and understanding. This can be self-talk, affirmations, or even pep talks throughout the day.
3. Taking a balanced perspective on one’s failures and successes. By not exaggerating the negative or positive.
4. Practicing mindfulness and being present in the moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Are you concentrating on the action you are performing or daydreaming about tasks and to-do lists?
5. Remembering that we are not alone in our struggles and that everyone goes through difficult times. How we move forward tells us more than what we have or will go through.
Remember that compassion towards others is a critical component of resilience. When we are kind and understanding towards others, we build stronger relationships, which can provide support and help us cope with complex life events.
When practicing self-compassion, don’t forget to extend that compassion to others as often as you can.
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