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Job One Training: Self-Compassion

According to Kristin Neff, author and associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s department of educational psychology, Self-Compassion is composed of three main components – self-kindness, common humanity, and  mindfulness.

Here are a few strategies you can try to deepen or create a self-compassion practice.

  1. Treat yourself like you would your best friend.  In moments of pain and stress be gentle and kind.
  2. Say YES to yourself. Listen to your body and your needs.  Give your body what it needs and don’t judge it.
  3. Give yourself a hug!  Or you can even comfort yourself by putting your hands over your heart.  The gesture doesn’t really matter as long as it is comforting to you.
  4. Make sure to watch your language and how you speak to yourself.  Let go of self-judgment.  If you are beating yourself up for messing up, let it go.
  5. Read compassionate affirmations daily.  Choose what speaks to your heart.
  6. Listen to your body.  What does it need?  What makes your body thrive today?
  7. Practice a guided Loving Kindness Meditation.

Activity:

  • Do you practice Self-Compassion?
  • Out of the list above, which two will you focus on today?
  • What makes Self-Compassion difficult?
  • What makes Self-Compassion easy?
  • Out of the list above, do you excel at practicing one or more of these suggestions?

We want to hear from you! Share how you are practicing Self-Compassion!