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Be kind to yourself

by | Jun 27, 2023 | PERMAH, Wellbeing

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We have been through tough times in recent years and science tells us that our resilience is very much linked to our ability to maintain a positive mindset so that, as the crew at the Michelle McQuaid Group put it, we can still “live well with struggle”. One very important part of that is to be kind to ourselves and so we thought that we might share a few thoughts on the practice of self-compassion.

Self-compassion is the practice of treating yourself with kindness, understanding, and acceptance, particularly in times of difficulty, failure, or suffering.

It involves extending the same compassion and care towards oneself that you would offer to a close friend or loved one who is going through a challenging experience. Self-compassion is an important aspect of overall well-being and has several benefits for individuals. Here’s why practicing self-compassion is good for you:

  1. Emotional well-being: Self-compassion helps you develop a healthier and more positive relationship with yourself. It fosters self-acceptance and reduces self-criticism, which can lead to decreased anxiety, depression, and stress levels. By offering yourself support and understanding, you can build emotional resilience and improve your overall psychological well-being.
  2. Increased self-esteem: Self-compassion allows you to recognize and appreciate your own worth and value as a person, irrespective of external achievements or comparisons with others. It helps you develop a sense of self-worth that is not contingent on perfection or meeting unrealistic standards. As a result, your self-esteem and self-confidence can increase.
  3. Motivation and growth: Contrary to popular belief, self-compassion doesn’t promote complacency or laziness. It provides a nurturing environment for personal growth and learning. When you treat yourself with kindness, you create a safe space to acknowledge and learn from mistakes, without the fear of harsh self-judgment. This self-acceptance and encouragement can foster a growth mindset, leading to increased motivation and resilience in pursuing your goals.
  4. Improved relationships: Practicing self-compassion can positively impact your relationships with others. When you cultivate self-compassion, you become more understanding and empathetic towards yourself, which extends to how you interact with others. By embracing your own imperfections and treating yourself kindly, you’re more likely to show empathy and compassion towards others, resulting in healthier and more fulfilling relationships.
  5. Physical health benefits: Self-compassion has been associated with several physical health benefits. Studies have shown that individuals who practice self-compassion have lower levels of inflammation and healthier immune system functioning. They may also engage in healthier behaviors, such as taking care of their bodies, seeking medical help when needed, and making choices that promote overall well-being.

In summary, practicing self-compassion is good for you because it nurtures emotional well-being, boosts self-esteem, promotes motivation and growth, enhances relationships, and has potential physical health benefits. It involves treating yourself with the same kindness, understanding, and acceptance that you would extend to others, ultimately leading to a more compassionate and fulfilling life.

 

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