Self-compassion involves:

  • Treating yourself with kindness, care and less self-directed criticism when you are having a difficult time, things go wrong, or when you notice something you don’t like about yourself.

  • Acting the same way towards yourself as you would toward a friend who is having a difficult time: be supportive, understanding, encouraging, and forgiving. 

  • Not ignoring pain with a “stiff upper lip” mentality. Instead, stop and tell yourself “this is really difficult right now” and ask yourself “how can I comfort myself in this moment?”

Additional information on self-compassion can be found at: 

Here you will find exercises to examine and encourage self-compassion, along with some guided meditation.


Last updated Thu, Sep 21, 2017