Self-Compassion 101 Part 1 offered tips on how to be more kind and caring toward yourself. These tips were suggested by researcher, Kristin Neff PhD. Neff confirms that by cultivating self-compassion and self-kindness, one’s motivation to live more fully increases and changes for the positive occur in the physiology of the body and mind. Below is another self-guided therapy for anxiety, depression and negativity that Neff suggests for cultivating self-compassion.
The Self-Compassion letter
Think of a situation in which you are criticizing yourself.
Write a letter to yourself at least 1 paragraph in length.
In the letter provide yourself with kind and loving support about the situation. Write the letter as if you are writing it to your best friend.
Some suggestions: 1) remind yourself that you are not alone, this is a universal human experience (examples, relationships change, and grow and sometimes this can be painful; every person has times where they do not feel or act 100%…) 2) Remind yourself of your past successes, 3) Remind yourself of all of your gifts and talents, 4) Remind yourself of all of the people who support and love you.
Read the letter out loud to yourself in front of a mirror. (You may want to have a box of kleenex on hand.)
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