4 ways to boost your self-compassion

//4 ways to boost your self-compassion

4 ways to boost your self-compassion

 

Take a moment to think about how you treat yourself when you make a mistake or fail to reach a goal. If you tend to beat yourself up when things go wrong, you, like most people, can use a little more self-compassion in your life.

Forgiving and nurturing yourself seem to have benefits in their own right.

They can even set the stage for better health, relationships, and general well-being. So far, research has revealed a number of benefits of self-compassion.

Lower levels of anxiety and depression have been observed in people with higher self-compassion. Self-compassionate people recognise when they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, thereby lowering their own levels of related anxiety and depression.

Learn to have self-compassion

Some people come by self-compassion naturally, but not everyone does. Luckily, it is a learnable skill. Several methods have been proposed, and training programs are being developed, to help people discover and cultivate their own self-compassion.

Here are four ways to give your self-compassion skills a quick boost:

  • Comfort your body.Eat something healthy. Lie down and rest. Massage your own neck, feet, or hands. Take a walk. Anything you can do to improve how you feel physically gives you a dose of self-compassion.
  • Write a letter to yourself.Think of a situation that caused you to feel pain (a breakup with a lover, a job loss, a poorly received presentation). Write a letter to yourself describing the situation, but without blaming anyone — including yourself. Use this exercise to nurture your feelings.
  • Give yourself encouragement. Think of what you would say to a good friend if he or she was facing a difficult or stressful situation. Then, when you find yourself in this kind of situation, direct these compassionate responses toward yourself.
  • Practice silence your mind. Even a quick exercise, such as meditating for a few minutes, can be a great way to nurture and accept ourselves while we’re in pain.

 

By |2016-02-06T12:55:05+00:00February 6th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

About the Author:

I'm a trained Somatic Psychotherapist, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) Clinician and a qualified Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and practitioner. I'm working in the private sector and in the community sector in three areas for over 12 years. I practice in Yoga, Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) and neuroscience of trauma and healing, and the pervasiveness of complex developmental trauma in today's young adolescents and adults.

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