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A Practice for When You're Over Stressed or Feeling Extra Critical

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

If you’re someone who stresses a lot or is hard on yourself, this is a science backed practice to support you.

Self-compassion is simply the process of turning compassion inward.

We are kind and understanding rather than harshly self-critical when we fail, make mistakes or feel inadequate. We give ourselves support and encouragement rather than being cold and judgmental when challenges and difficulty arise in our lives

When practicing self compassion, we practice holding our suffering/struggle/challenge with mindfulness. Being present of it without judgement, with kindness, and curiosity. We practice not being overly identified with the suffering yet also giving ourselves permission to experience it.

We also remember that to suffer is human. All human beings suffer and we provide ourself with support by connecting to this common humanity.

We also offer ourself kindness. This can be with touch or with words. We may even offer kindness to ourself with the attitude we give towards self. We may also offer ourself protection or motivation if needed. Through self compassion we advocate for ourself and provide for our needs in a healthy way.

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