The Importance of Self-Compassion
What is self-compassion?
It can be good to be kind and gentle with oneself when we encounter pain and personal shortcomings, rather than being hurtful, ignoring things or self-criticism. Self compassion is where our negative thoughts and emotions can be observed with an openness. A non-judgemental space within us where we don’t have to suppress or deny our thoughts or feelings. To accept where you are without judgement or negative self-take.
The benefits of self-compassion
- Self-compassionate individuals can experience better psychological health. Studies have linked it to lower tendencies of self- criticism, depression and anxiety.
- Self–compassionate people tend to be kind and understanding when met with difficult times in life rather than being critical and judging yourself.
- Acknowledging that suffering and personal failure is a universal experience can be liberating.
Tips for self-compassion
- Let go of self-judgement
- Ask yourself what you need
- Allow yourself to feel hurt
- Let yourself be imperfect
- Try to catch the negative chatter in your head, slow it down and add kind words to the chatter
- Forgive yourself
- Slow down
- Meditate & be mindful
- Take time to do things you enjoy
How can psychotherapy / counselling help
Psychotherapy can provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space. It is valuable as an aid to personal growth, can help to develop self-confidence, self-compassion, and improve your sense of wellbeing.
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