When we consider our mental health, why should we consider self-compassion?
Self-compassion is a practice of goodwill, not good feelings… With self-compassion we mindfully accept that the moment is painful, and embrace ourselves with kindness and care in response, remembering that imperfection is part of the shared human experience.
An explosion of research into self-compassion over the last decade has shown its benefits for well-being. Individuals who are more self-compassionate tend to have greater happiness, life satisfaction and motivation, better relationships and physical health, and less anxiety and depression. They also have the resilience needed to cope with stressful life events such as divorce, health crises, and academic failure, and even combat trauma.
Strategies for Increasing Self-Compassion
· Strategy 1: talk to yourself like someone you love.
· Strategy 2: catch and replace judgmental thoughts.
· Strategy 3: use validation to increase self-compassion.
· Putting self-compassion into practice with loving kindness/metta meditation.
So be kind to yourself!