We’ve got you. Self-compassion is an important practice, but it’s can also be challenging to many of us. Let’s break it down:
Self-compassion is the ability to turn understanding, acceptance, and love inward. It’s treating ourselves with kindness, grace and humanity. It’s being mindful that we are human, are allowed to make mistakes, and are deserving of happiness.
Ever heard the quote, “If we talked to our friends in the same way that we talk to ourselves we would not have any friends”? We often find it easy to extend compassion to others and support them through highs and lows, but it can be difficult to apply the same compassion to ourselves. (If you’re finding that your negative self-talk is getting challenging, check out our article on combating your inner critic.)
When we are mindful of our struggles and respond to ourselves with compassion, kindness, and support in times of difficulty, things start to change. We can learn to embrace ourselves and our lives, despite inner and outer imperfections, and provide ourselves with the strength needed to thrive. Self-compassion can help to start to relieve many mental health concerns such as anxiety or insecurity.
Join me for a simple 5-minute guided meditation. With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we'd give to a good friend.
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