Hello and welcome back to the Therapy Spot! Time sure has flown — we’re more than halfway through the Year of Self Compassion. Since we began this journey, I’ve found that the more I talk about it, the more I have to say. That’s why I’ve decided to reissue one of my earlier podcasts about Self Compassion. After all, Self Compassion is the antidote to feelings like self criticism, doubt, and unhappiness. Don’t feel bad if this practice doesn’t come naturally to you! Let’s focus on the practice, and how to increase our Self Compassion.
This podcast — which I like to think of as “Self Compassion 101” — is for anyone who:
- Habitually puts everyone else first
- Holds themselves to high expectations, and feels disappointed or angry when they fall short of the goal
- Compares themselves to others, leading to feelings of inadequacy
- Has a strong people-pleasing part
- Experiences feelings of guilt when they do practice Self love or compassion
Remember: love is good, healthy, and real. While all forms of love are important and beneficial, caring for yourself is the ultimate love. I say this because those who practice Self compassion have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and higher “emotional intelligence.” They also experience fewer negative emotions! Let’s explore a little deeper.