5 Steps to Take Care of Yourself Step 3: Develop Self- Compassion
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Self–compassion is extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering.
Self-compassion involves being kind to ourselves when life goes wrong or we notice something about ourselves we don’t like, rather than being cold or harshly self-critical. It’s knowing we’re not perfect and that it’s perfectly ok not to be.
Self-compassion is the care and nurturing we offer ourselves when we make mistakes, embarrass ourselves, or come short of a goal we were hoping to achieve. It happens to all of us a time or two.
Many of us are all too used to bashing ourselves. And it’s not surprising. In today’s society, we’re taught that being hard on ourselves and ashamed of everything from our actions to our looks gets results. We constantly judge ourselves and criticize the things we do. This needs to stop on order to take care of ourselves in a healthy manner.
We find it hard to show ourselves compassion. We rarely think about showing ourselves kindness. Or even if we do, we worry that doing so is selfish. These types of thoughts only sabotage us and produce a variety of negative consequences.
It’s time we start speaking positive about ourselves and being our own best friends. Be kind, gentle and understanding with yourself when you’re suffering. Realize that you’re not alone in your struggles. Be mindful observe life as it is, without being judgemental or suppressing your thoughts and feelings. Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others.
It’s perfectly ok to feel good about ourselves not because we’re special and above average, but because we’re human beings who are worthy of respect.
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