We all have days where we feel down on ourselves. Maybe we didn’t accomplish as much as we wanted to, or we made a mistake that we felt was really embarrassing. On days like these, it’s important to practice self-compassion.
Self-compassion is being kind and understanding towards yourself, even when you’re feeling negative, or experiencing hardship, failure, or emotional distress. It’s about recognizing that everyone makes mistakes and has difficult times – including yourself. Part of self-compassion is accepting one’s shortcomings, failures, and worries as part of the human condition.
Self-compassion is not a luxury – it’s a necessity. In order to live a full life and enjoy what you have, you need to be kind to yourself. However, we often forget to be kind to ourselves because we are too busy judging ourselves for our mistakes or not living up to our expectations.
When you practice self-compassion, you treat yourself with the same compassion and care that you would give to a friend in need.
Why is self-compassion so important?
Because research has shown that self-compassion can lead to all kinds of positive outcomes, including increased self-esteem, self-worth, and overall happiness. Plus, self-compassionate people are more likely to take care of themselves and make healthy choices – like exercise and eating right – because they know that they deserve to be happy and healthy.
So how can you start being more self-compassionate? Here are some practical tips:
Talk to yourself the way you would talk to a friend.
If a friend came to you feeling down about themselves, would you tell them that they’re worthless or that they made a huge mistake? Of course not! You would probably comfort them and tell them that everyone makes mistakes sometimes. So why not treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding?
Be mindful of your self-talk.
We all have an inner voice that talks to us throughout the day. Unfortunately, this voice isn’t always very kind. If you find yourself constantly putting yourself down or dwelling on negative thoughts, try to be more mindful of your self-talk. Once you become aware of the negative things you’re saying to yourself, you can start to replace them with more positive and compassionate thoughts.
Give yourself a break.
We often expect perfection from ourselves, but the truth is that no one is perfect. So instead of beating yourself up over your mistakes, give yourself a break. Remind yourself that you’re only human and that it’s okay to make mistakes sometimes.
When you’re feeling down, it’s important to take care of yourself – both physically and emotionally. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly. And don’t forget to do things that make you happy, like spending time with friends or doing activities you enjoy.
Because self-compassion requires us to balance being kind to ourselves which means sometimes not being able to lend an extra hand to others when asked. It may not feel very nice to reject them but practicing boundaries hold ourselves accountable.
For example, if you’ve made a mistake, it’s important to acknowledge what you did wrong and take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But at the same time, you shouldn’t dwell on your mistake or beat yourself up over it.
Creating boundaries around self-compassion can be tricky, but finding a balance that works for you is important. If you’re not sure where to start, try talking to a therapist or counselor who can help you figure out healthy ways to practice self-compassion.
Reiki Sessions For Self-Compassion
Reiki is also a great way to become more mindful of self-compassion. Reiki is a type of energy healing that helps to promote relaxation and stress relief. During a Reiki session, you may be guided through a series of gentle exercises that can help you to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions. These exercises can also help you to learn how to respond to difficult situations with self-compassion.
Reiki is an effective self-care tool that can help with promoting your connection with your inner self and create further self-awareness which could help you develop self-compassion practices that fit your exact needs.
Intuitive Energy Healing is an advanced type of Reiki that focuses on emotional healing and emotional release, helping you let go of the guilt, shame, layers of low self-worth, and more and helping you rediscover and build on layers of courage, confidence, freedom from self-limiting beliefs and own who you really are.
Both Reiki and Intuitive Healing sessions aim to help you feel lighter and more in tune with yourself, however, more so in Intutive Healing sessions, it may also involve deeper releases that help us shed some majorly repressed layers of ourselves that we have outgrown that could feel a little uncomfortable at first.
If you’re looking for ways to practice self-compassion, try some of the tips above. Remember, self-compassion is all about being kind and understanding towards yourself – even on your toughest days.
Journey Into Your Heart
Self-compassion is not about being self-indulgent or self-pitying. It’s about being kind and understanding to oneself when facing difficulties in life.
Practicing self-compassion has been shown to improve health, well-being, and happiness levels.
Self-compassion is a self-care practice that can be done at any time. It is not dependent on external circumstances, and it can be practiced at any moment, with any experience.
Self-compassion is an important part of self-love. It is the acknowledgment that we are not perfect and that it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s also about accepting our feelings and thoughts, even the ones that are difficult to deal with. Practicing self-compassion can help us to stop judging ourselves for not being perfect, and instead focus on accepting ourselves as we are.