As we all do our best to navigate a global pandemic, we must find kindness and compassion for ourselves. This will also assist us in extending these same virtues to others during this time. The uncertainty and stress is difficult for everyone, but especially challenging for some due to their specific identities.
Consider these questions when beginning a self-compassion practice:
- How am I feeling right now?
- What does my self-talk sound like?
- Is this self-talk something that I would say to support a small child or friend?
Try these phrases to exercise self-compassion:
- I am doing the best that I can right now, and that is enough.
- This is a difficult time. It is natural to feel stressed. I am here for you.
- I am safe and supported.
Remember that self-compassion is about radical self-acceptance. It does not mean that pain and suffering does not occur, it means that we care and support ourselves through these tough experiences. Like all things self-compassion takes practice including checking-in with yourself regularly and reframing as needed. Soon you will be ready to spread kindness and compassion everywhere.
Time to practice!
Enhance your self-compassion skills by trying one of these: