Self-compassion is just what it sounds like, being compassionate (meaning kind and understanding) to ourselves. In a world that can feel pretty hard day to day, and with all that’s happening in our lives, being kind to ourselves can have a huge impact. In fact, research shows that when a person is self-compassionate, they are likely to experience fewer mental health symptoms associated with depression, anxiety and overall stress.
We’ve found a few ways that you can show yourself compassion.
Become your own cheer squad
The critical voice that often chimes in to tell us that when we are not doing enough, or doing things right, is coming from a place of fear and wants to protect us. We can change this script that says we are not doing things right and instead encourage ourselves for trying our best. Maybe instead of saying, “You’re not getting enough done while in isolation”, try swapping/reframing this for, “maybe today it’s ok to have some quieter moments where I just get the basics done”.
Schedule some time for self-care and to invest in you
This may look like watching, listening or reading something that feels good, makes you laugh and can help you relax.
Practice some mindfulness
This is where we slow down and observe our own thoughts, actions and the things around us without judgement and without trying to get rid of them. Instead we notice and observe them and also may include intentional breathing while we accept those things we are noticing with compassion.