BY DR. RACHEL EBY
Did you know that you can actually increase your levels of compassion – both for yourself and for others? This post focused on how you can increase your compassion for yourself (and why you might want to!). Here are 3 ways you can cultivate more compassion for yourself:
You might want to find out how much self-compassion you have already and see if it changes after practicing these exercises over time! Test yourself HERE.
Practice this five-minute self-compassion break from Dr. Kristin Neff once a day, or whenever you feel like you could use it: CLICK HERE
Try this BRIEF WRITING EXERCISE:
Scientific research has suggested that those who have more compassion for themselves, are actually MORE likely to achieve their health-related goals, are LESS likely to experience burnout our caregiving fatigue, and feel a GREATER sense of well-being.
Keep in mind, that when beginning to practice self-compassion, people often experience more pain at first. Dr. Neff states this may be due to:
• Becoming mindful of the pain
• Becoming aware of the conditions under which we were not loved
• Learning to relate to ourselves in a very unfamiliar way
This means we have to allow ourselves to be slow learners when practicing self-compassion. We can meet this pain with acceptance and by offering ourselves compassion for struggling with having compassion! You simply can’t go wrong.