10 things we can do to be more self-compassionate.
Jul 31, 2020
Be aware of our suffering and less judgemental of our experiences
Actively sooth and comfort ourselves after something goes wrong
Tender and warm touch releases oxytocin, which has a calming effect.
Observe our language and replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk
Create a self-care vision board of activities to address of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health
Engage in self-compassion meditations and exercises eg: Yin and Yang self-compassion
Yin – comforting soothing and validating thoughts, being with ourselves
Yang – acting in the world, protecting, providing, motivating eg setting boundaries, saying no
Talk to others who have been through similar experiences, thereby realising our shared connectedness in experiencing hardship
Also ask the question – if a patient walked into my clinic right now and shared the same story, what would I say to them?
Reference: Kristen Neff: Self compassion and psychology.com
Honouring and Serving,
Simran K. Rattan MD