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What is Self Compassion? - Tips for practicing Self Compassion

Do you ever feel sadness or shame? Do you feel worthless or a failure? During these times what do you say to yourself? During times of hardship, we tend to be harder on ourselves. This is when we need to be self-compassionate. Self-compassion requires one to be warm and understanding towards ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate.



What is Self-compassion?

Self-compassion is made up of 3 components: kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness. Kindness is where that warm and understanding feeling comes from, sounds easy…however this is the main component many people lack. Without kindness one tends to be self-critical, they would say things such as “I am useless, I am so dumb, why can’t I do anything right”. Kindness will allow us to be gentle with ourselves and encourage, rather than being harsh.