Self-compassion means to act kind towards yourself when you are having a difficult time. Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for your shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal struggles. Most importantly, having compassion for yourself means that you honour and accept that you are human.

Self-Compassion Exercise: How would you treat a friend?

First, think about a time when a close friend felt really bad about themselves or was really struggling in some way. How would you respond to your friend in this situation?

Now think about a time when you feel bad about yourself or are struggling. How do you typically respond to yourself in these situations?

Did you see a difference in how you responded? If so, ask yourself why. What factors or fears come into play that lead you to treat yourself and others so differently?

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