What is Self-Compassion?
Put simply, self-compassion can be seen as a component of self-care and refers to being kind and gentle towards yourself. It can be a powerful tool to use especially during times of immense stress and pressure. Whether it’s by taking a break or by attending counselling sessions with a licensed therapist, self compassion requires some form of action. During the pandemic, you may have felt a sense of powerlessness or helplessness when it comes to trying to adjust to working from home, attending virtual school, not being able to see family and friends, having to stay home for a prolonged period of time, etc. These feelings are understandable!
Before the pandemic, your daily levels of productivity in different parts of your life may have been quite high and you probably had a regular routine going on. However, with that regular routine going out the window, other changes come into play. That high productivity level might not look as high in the same ways that it once did… Feelings of trying to balance all of your responsibilities plus fatigue from living through a pandemic can really take a toll on a person. Dietary changes are also prevalent amongst people these days which can negatively affect one’s weight management thus increasing stress levels. This is where self-compassion comes in.
How can you implement self-compassion in your life?
- When you’re feeling very overwhelmed, consider taking a few moments to pause what you’re doing and to acknowledge, without judgement, your current emotions.
- Gently remind yourself that you’re living through unprecedented times.
- You are only human. Consider that part of being human is experiencing both positive and negative emotions.
- Lastly, what would you say to a loved one who may be going through what you’re currently going through? Would you let them know that it’s understandable for them to be feeling this way given the circumstances? Would you remind them that it is important for them to take care of their mental health? Suppose you were to reverse the roles and remind yourself of the same message. How would that feel?
If you’re feeling that things are just too much to handle lately and you’d like to seek help please reach out to us for a complimentary psychotherapy consultation or for an appointment. Book directly online or call us at 289-788-8363.
Further reading about self-compassion: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/positive-living/201902/the-power-self-compassion