Welcome back empowered readers,
Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others. Self-compassion involves acting the same way towards yourself when you are having a difficult time, fail, or notice something you don’t like about yourself.
How do you rate your self-compassion?
Be honest, on a scale of 1-10 how compassionate are you with yourself?
This rating can vary, being honest, sometimes I rate at a 4 and other times I rate at a 9.
Perhaps the single best way to provoke compassion for yourself is through this exercise: treating yourself like a good friend.
It’s easy to give our friends love, compassion, and understanding, even when they fail or make a mistake. It can be much harder to extend that same understanding and compassion to ourselves when we make a mistake.
Follow these instructions from self-compassion expert Dr. Kristin Neff to start showing yourself more compassion:
First, think about times when a close friend feels really bad about him or herself or is really struggling in some way.
Now think about times when you feel bad about yourself or are struggling.
An exercise like this can be a first step towards treating yourself like a good friend – not just for a quick, 10-minute exercise, but for life.
To your empowered wellness,