Self-Compassion: How to Change Your Self-Talk
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- If you find yourself thinking negatively after making a mistake, ask yourself how you would treat a friend in the same situation – then give yourself the same advice.
- Remember that you are human. Take a setback as a learning opportunity rather than a shortcoming and use it as a prod for self-improvement.
- Listen to your body. Allow yourself to eat when you’re hungry, rest when you’re tired, and take a moment to yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed. This will teach you to treat yourself with kindness and see your needs as valid.
- Practice mindfulness. There are plenty of guided meditations and practices online, where you can take some time to quiet your mind and take care of yourself.
- Do at least one thing a day just for yourself. In a world where you feel as if you’re pulled in a hundred directions, taking time for yourself shows that you are worthy of care – and that your well-being should come before anything else.
- Keep a journal where you’re able to dump your thoughts before you go to sleep at night. It’ll help you take them out of your brain and let you view your situation from an outside perspective.
- See a therapist. Though many have the misconception that seeing a therapist is a defeat, it really marks the beginning of taking charge. Therapy can give you a new viewpoint, boost your self-confidence, and open your mind to changing your thought pattern.