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What is self-compassion?

March 23rd, 2021

You know the way to listen and speak to a friend that’s going through a challenging time? It’s not judgmental. It’s understanding. It’s comforting. It’s compassion. But one of the most important forms of self-care we can do for ourselves is self-compassion. It’s being accepting, understanding, mindful, and loving to yourself in the exact same, unconditional way you would with a good friend or even a stranger. No matter what the situation, feelings of failure, or self-criticism, applying self-compassion is a solid way to take a breath, regroup, feel nurtured, and avoid going down the “rabbit hole.” The longest relationship we’ve got is with ourselves. So, the next time you catch yourself being unnecessarily critical of yourself, stop and remember what we’ve told you read about this priceless way to navigate the ups and downs of life much better. Self-compassion helps with self-esteem too. We like this quote from author Joseph Campbell and think it’s relevant— “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”