Practicing self-compassion means we attempt to find compassion in our pain or situation because no human is perfect. In fact, we are all imperfect beings. We try to compare ourselves to perceived norms that only makes our self-criticism increase and self-esteem plummet. Self-compassion is different from self-esteem but both are needed to develop a strong sense of self-worth. Self-esteem is how we see ourselves and what we think about ourselves, self-compassion is more about how we treat ourselves.
There are Three Ways:
Being kind to one’s self: This means understanding, not punishing, yourself. What would you say to a friend or loved one in your position? It involves comforting yourself. You may try to change in ways that allow you to be more healthy and happy, but this is done because you care about yourself, not because you are worthless or unacceptable as you are.Sense of common humanity: We are all human and make mistakes; no one is perfect, neither am I. Self-compassion involves recognizing that suffering and personal inadequacy is part of the shared human experience – something that we all go through rather than being something that happens to “me” alone, even though it sometimes feels that way.Mindfulness: This means awareness of your feelings and thoughts in the moment.
“It’s okay to let your self off the hook and take a mental break”
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