By Leann Harris
What is Self-Compassion?
Self-compassion allows us to do something truly healthy for ourselves. It’s my antidote to shame. Instead of the voices in my head belittling me and making me feel worse, I’m extending to myself the kindness and understanding I crave.
Studies have proved for years that making people feel ashamed and “wrong” in order to change behavior actually has the opposite effect. Self-compassion counteracts damaging message by giving us the space to experience less anxiety and stress, and really feel our value as a human.
So here’s what I do:
- When I notice my inner critic getting into action, I mindfully stop and acknowledge what is happening. “I’m beating myself up again in an effort to motivate action.” This first step of noticing is crucial and can be learned....