Do you get down on yourself? Do you have a hard time seeing your good qualities? Thens check out this self-compassion exercise. It can help you start being a bit kinder to yourself.
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I want to emphasize just how important it is to accept yourself when you don’t meet your goals or expectations. No one is perfect. The ability to accept yourself, non-judgmentally, is key to having optimal well-being. By being compassionate with yourself, you can better cope with stress in your life and push through difficulties that you encounter.
Often, we are harder on ourselves than we are on anyone else. So for this activity, you will be asked to write a compassionate letter to yourself. Imagine that you are talking to yourself like you would talk to a young child. Be accepting and compassionate. Keep in mind how would you reassure this child that he/she is a valuable, worthwhile, and beautiful human being?
In this letter, just be sure to write to yourself in a way that is compassionate and caring.
How did people show self-compassion?
Thank you to everyone who submitted your responses to this activity! We can now share some self-compassionate statements that people used to make themselves feel better.
Here are some great ways people were self-compassionate:
Next time you practice self-compassion, feel free to use these statements to really remind yourself that you're awesome.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.