Discovering the power of self-compassion

Build your self-compassion and promote healthier relationships

Oct 19, 2021

Practicing self-compassion -  our ability to be kind and understanding of ourselves and maintain positive self-esteem – is important. Self-compassion studies show that taking better care of our physical and mental health makes us happier and more satisfied and allows us to support the needs of others better.  

Be kind to yourself
Consider practicing the following self-care tips to help build your self-compassion and promote healthier relationships:
  • Keep an inner dialogue journal –When you start to feel bad about something, notice what you’ve just said to yourself – and replace those negative thoughts with positive ones on paper.
  • Remain socially connected – Don’t lose sight of important connections. Make time to stay in touch with family and friends and ask for support when you need it.
  • Set healthy boundaries – Don’t overcommit and don’t be afraid to say no to things you really don’t have time to do. Prioritize downtime and rest.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle – Improve your general health by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and getting adequate sleep.
  • Organize your space – Declutter your house/work areas – this will also unclutter your mind. Throw away old paperwork and donate items you no longer need. Delete old files and emails on your computer.
  • Reward yourself – Prioritize short, daily breaks centered around the five senses:
    • Hearing –  Listen to a favorite song, meditation or wind chimes in the breeze.
    • Sight – Admire a sunset, a virtual art gallery or a cherished picture of old friends.  
    • Touch – Cuddle a baby, give your dog a pet or take a soothing hot shower.
    • Taste – Enjoy a piece of chocolate or a decadent treat, savoring each bite.
    • Smell – Burn your favorite candle or essential oil, walk in a garden and notice the smells around you.   
Try self-care today! A little goes a long way. It can boost your mood, help you sleep better, improve your focus and provide kindness and care to yourself and, ultimately, your loved ones.

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