Unleashing the Power of Self-Compassion: How to Practise it Daily
In today’s world, where competition and personal achievements are highly celebrated, existing in a manner that recognizes your inherent worth can become challenging. Constantly striving towards being perfect can lead us to judge ourselves harshly. It can affect both our professional and personal lives and act as a roadblock to our happiness. Self-compassion is the answer to letting ourselves off the hook and showing ourselves some much-needed kindness. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of self-compassion and how you can cultivate it daily.
Understand What Self-Compassion Entails
Self-compassion requires a shift in our mentality, i.e., treating ourselves with the same kindness, concern, and support we would offer someone we love. Therefore, research shows that treating ourselves in a loving and nurturing way extends the same benefits as it would if treating someone else the same. Self-compassion is not about being self-absorbed; rather, it’s about promoting healthy self-talk and a sense of concern for our well-being. After all, we are human and will inevitably experience moments of suffering. Understanding this aspect of self-compassion is the first step towards cultivating it.
Recognise Its Importance
Self-compassion is essential for creating a sense of emotional resilience in the face of difficulties. When we practise self-compassion, we become more patient with ourselves, which allows us to acknowledge our faults and respond in a proactive manner. In addition, practising self-compassion is linked with lower stress levels and better cognitive functioning, fostering positive behaviours such as healthy eating, exercise, and sleep habits. In essence, self-compassion is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.
Mindfulness promotes a non-judgmental attitude. It allows us to observe our feelings and thoughts without any criticism, accept them, and let them go without dwelling on them. When we practise mindfulness regularly, it helps us become more aware of our self-talk. By noticing our self-talk without judging, we can learn to pause before we react harshly or allow self-criticism to cause us undue harm.
Show Yourself Kindness
It’s time to start treating ourselves with compassion and understanding. Like we would do for others, we must show ourselves kindness and care. Responding to ourselves with love during hardships can improve our mood, increase our self-esteem, and tap into our self-confidence. Therefore, it’s important we show ourselves patience, understanding, and love, treat ourselves the way we would treat a friend in similar situations.
Challenging self-sabotage is crucial to developing self-compassion. We often tend to place ourselves at the bottom of our priorities when our lives become busy or stressful. Instead, invest in down-time, allow yourself the space to take a break to enjoy your life. Prioritise yourself, your life, and your happiness. When we integrate self-care and compassion into our daily routines, the possibilities for self-growth become endless.
As mentioned, constantly striving towards perfection can lead to self-criticism. However, cultivating self-compassion can promote emotional and physical well-being by allowing yourself to accept the way you are and treat yourself with kindness. Understanding the importance of self-compassion, practising mindfulness, showing yourself kindness, and challenging self-sabotage go hand in hand in promoting self-compassion. By integrating these practices into your daily routine, you are making long-term investments in your mental and physical health. Remember, taking the time to care for yourself is a crucial aspect of leading a happy and fulfilling life, so go ahead and unleash the power of self-compassion today!
Want to know more? Discover more about the benefits of scientific mindfulness meditation for self-compassion in Dr. Elise Bialylew’s book The Happiness Plan 💛
"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."
- DR ELISE BIALYLEW
about the HOST AND FOUNDER OF
MINDFUL IN MAY:
DR ELISE BIALYLEW
Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.
A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.
Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.
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