Start by being compassionate to yourself!
What we say to ourselves on a daily basis is a really important act of self-care.
We can spend a lot of time being hard on ourselves and focusing on the negatives of a situation. But research shows that people who are more compassionate with themselves have with better mental health, higher life satisfaction and wellbeing, more effective coping skills, and ability to manage their emotions, as well as a healthier diet, regular exercise regime and better sleeping habits (Barnard & Curry, 2011; Sirois et al., 2015; Zessin et al., 2015).
What is Self-Compassion?
Dr. Kirstin Neff, explains self compassion as “kindness toward the self, which entails being gentle, supportive, and understanding rather than harshly judging oneself for personal shortcomings”.
As one of the leading experts in the field of self-compassion, she identifies three interrelated aspects:
Three ways you can build self-compassion:
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