Top tips for learning the art of self-compassion:
Make an effort to become conscious of the self-criticisms that form part of your daily narrative. Acknowledge them with an ‘ouch’, and have a go at apologising to yourself.
Try being your own personal cheerleader. When you’re struggling with something imagine a mini-cheerleader in your mind jumping up and down telling you you’re amazing, reminding you how far you’ve already come, urging you past the finish line. YOU CAN DO IT. It might feel silly at first, but trust me; the cheerleader makes almost anything possible.
Give the younger you a virtual hug. Give yesterday’s you a virtual hug. Give TODAY’S you a virtual hug.
Talk to yourself as if you were talking to your best friend. You can be firm, but remember to be loving. Cut yourself some slack!
Practice forgiving yourself. Say it out loud. Life is a journey; we’re all still learning.
Pay yourself at least one compliment every day. Celebrate the things you do brilliantly (there are things you do brilliantly, I promise).
About the Author: Joanna Josefina Thomas is a life and executive coach with a passion for language and creativity. She is a writer, blogger, performance poet, freelance fiction editor, and leads creative writing workshops for all levels. She is a staunch advocate for kindness and compassion, especially when it comes to how we treat ourselves.
Life coaching website: www.joannajosefina.com