In today's whirlwind of chaos, pressures, and constant comparisons, embracing self-compassion is a powerful tool of resilience.

This practice urges us to extend to ourselves the same gentleness, empathy, and encouragement we readily offer to others, especially during times of adversity. I always say in session if you wouldn't treat your favourite person this way, then it's not okay to treat ourselves that way. 

Through nurturing self-compassion, we not only fortify our resilience but also elevate our self-esteem, equipping us to (somewhat) gracefully navigate life's challenges just a little bit easier.


What is Self-Compassion?

Self-compassion has three pivotal pillars: self-acceptance, mindfulness, and embracing our human-ness.

Self-Acceptance: You are you, and that's perfectly okay. Often, we compare or judge ourselves to those around us, and it is much more empowering when we can accept ourselves for who we are without these unrealistic expectations. You don't need to be anyone else but who you are. 

Mindfulness: When I can come to live in this moment, I am more likely to be curious and open to my experiences rather than spiralling into negative self-talk or anxiety. The question you always hear from me is, "I'm curious about..." I use this tool to encourage mindfulness; we can do this for ourselves, too. 

Embracing our Human-ness: Acknowledging that struggle, imperfection, and figuring it out as we go are universal experiences. When I can embrace that I am human (just like everyone else), then I can have empathy for myself and those around me. You don't have to have it all figured out; really, you don't. 


Fostering Resilience and Self-Worth through Self-Compassion

Integrating self-compassion into our daily lives can profoundly enhance our resilience and self-worth. Here are some avenues to cultivate self-compassion:

Use Self-Validation: When you notice the negative self-talk and criticism becoming loud, I want you to try and respond to yourself like you would to a friend, gently reminding yourself that it's okay, you are worthy, and it's not forever. 

Accept Imperfection: You are not perfect, and you never will be perfect. And guess what? That's okay. It's true for everyone, and that is a part of being human. Stop striving for something unattainable; I promise it will be a lot easier to be kind to yourself. 

Cultivate Mindfulness: Try to pause more often, take in the moment, and meditate if that works for you. Remember, the more evidence we have and the more aware we are of who we are and the life we are living, the easier it is to change our behaviour. 


Using Self-Compassion in Daily Life

Self-compassion is so helpful when we are met with setbacks or critiques. We can use this tool and mindset shift to help support ourselves through these difficult encounters. Remember, we don't have to be perfect at it right away. Practice your skills outside of the hard moments to make them easier to use in the hard moments. You got this! 


Let's get Compassionate

By embracing self-compassion, you nurture a relationship with yourself, lay the groundwork for more resilience, and step into a more comfortable life. This practice empowers you to confront life's messiness with your biggest advocate in your corner: you! 

If you want to learn more about self-compassion and explore its transformative potential, feel free to reach out for a free consultation to see if working together is a good fit. In session, we can craft strategies to nurture your self-compassionate journey and bolster your resilience and self-worth.


Stay Curious

Janice Lyons

Janice Lyons

Owner and Registered Social Service Worker

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