Keeping a daily journal in which you process the difficult events of your day through a lens of self-compassion can enhance both mental and physical well-being. This exercise will help make self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness part of your daily life.
What are some examples of practicing self-compassion?
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- “I’m going be kind to myself” rather than “I’m a patient and understanding mom to my kids”; or.
- “I’m going to treat myself the way I would treat my very best friend” instead of “My body is amazing just the way it is and I accept myself this way.”
What are the 3 main components of self-compassion?
Below are the three elements of self-compassion:
- Self-kindness vs. Self-judgment.
- Common humanity vs. Isolation.
- Mindfulness vs. Over-identification.
How can I practice self-compassion every day?
Here are four ways to give your self-compassion skills a quick boost:
- Comfort your body. Eat something healthy.
- 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).
- Give yourself encouragement.
- Practice mindfulness.