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Self-compassion is helpful in the context of self-criticism or negativity. Self-compassion requires practice. The goal is to to access positive and affirming emotions more regularly and easily. This strategy can be very helpful for quieting the voice of self-criticism or negative self-talk. Here are some ideas for making self-compassion part of your life:

Pause. Take special notice of your breath. Notice what you feel.

When applicable, remind yourself, “This is a difficult moment for me. I am experiencing suffering. Suffering is a part of life. I accept myself as I am.”

Thinking in certain terms or with specific language can also foster a sense of compassion. Try using these words:

  • Safety
  • Forgiveness
  • Happiness
  • Endurance
  • Peace
  • Strength
  • Kindness
  • Protection
  • Learning
  • Acceptance
  • Wisdom
  • Respect
  • Understanding