By Zanele Songo
Self-compassion is defined as sensitivity to one’s own suffering combined with a strong desire to alleviate it. Self-compassion manifests itself in a variety of ways, not simply gentleness and care. It can also be protective and fierce, similar to a maternal bear instinct.
According to Better Up Self compassionate people tend to be more motivated to apologize when their behavior has done harm. Here are the five essential ways to practice self compassion.
Stop chastising yourself for your mistakes ,accept that you are not perfect, and when you are confronted with your imperfections, treat yourself with love. Your friends and family admire you for who you are, not for how clean you are. As a result, notice when you get a sense of self-worth from performance or perfection. Recognize that being loved does not require you to be a specific way.
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Employ a Growth Mindset
According to Carol Dweck’s research, you should learn to embrace rather than avoiding challenges, persist in finding meaning in them, and don’t give up on yourself. When you find you are criticizing yourself and negatively comparing yourself with others, try to find inspiration in their successes and strengths instead of feeling threatened.
Gratitude is a powerful emotion.Rather than yearning for what we don’t have, we should be grateful for what we do have right now. You have the option of keeping a gratitude notebook or taking gratitude walks. We can use a gentler inner voice and shift the focus away from our flaws and toward the world, with all of its beauty, by focusing on our blessings. This according to Emmons & McCullough, 2003.
Find the Right Level of Generosity
Before you start being generous, make sure you’re conscious of your own requirements. Then, based on what will promote your own well-being, choose the recipient of your generosity, the resources you have available, and your level of energy.
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Mindfulness has been demonstrated to have a favorable effect on self-compassion since it tends to reduce self-judgment .Always strive to remain in the moment and aware of what is going on around you, without passing judgment or assigning labels.