Many people suffer from toxic stress. With so many external stressors in our lives, it’s critical that we find a way to balance our positive and negative thoughts by practicing mindful self-compassion. Compassion generally consists of three key components: awareness, action, and a sense of all-togetherness. So why does it seem easy to feel compassion and empathy for others but much more difficult to be compassionate toward ourselves?
Today, I discuss the importance of living our lives through the lens of mindful self-compassion. I explain how compassion for others is similar to being compassionate to ourselves and how being aware of your thoughts and feelings is the first step toward improving your self-compassion skills. I explain how challenges, failures, and suffering are an inevitable part of being human and how accepting this inevitability puts us on a path toward growth. I discuss the difference between Western and Eastern Philosophy regarding challenges and obstacles. I also explain how being mindful and compassionate with yourself can impact your health and well-being and share tips to help you boost your self-compassion skills.
“Self-compassion is all about being an encourager.”
– Dr. Mark Rowe
This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:
- The similarities between self-compassion and having compassion for others
- Understanding what self-compassion is
- Reallocating respect back toward yourself
- Balancing positivity and negativity to flourish
- How paying attention to your feelings helps you take better care of yourself
- The value of living your life to love yourself instead of trying to make other people like you
- Accepting the inevitability of tough times and how it leads toward a path to growth
- Understanding what Post-Traumatic Growth is
- The difference between Western Philosophy and Eastern Philosophy on dealing with challenges and struggles
- The merry-go-mind of anxious, negative thoughts
- Becoming your own best friend when you struggle, make mistakes, or fail
- Learning to be curious about your negative emotions
- How being mindful and self-compassionate impacts your health and well-being
- How to boost your self-compassion skills
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