Today we are discussing Self-Compassion. Not many topics lead to an eye-roll in a therapy session quite as consistently as Self-Compassion does. People say it is overrated, unhelpful, or will make them self-centered, avoidant, or entitled. I imagine this perspective comes from societal messages that we should manage ourselves and pick ourselves up by our bootstraps instead of having a pity party of one. If you think about times you received a message that you shouldn't be self-compassionate you may think of a half dozen in a few minutes.
I'm here today to say that Self-Compassion is none of these things. Instead, it helps us learn from our own experiences of suffering, increases our resiliency, increases motivation, and protects us from burnout! All of this information, BTW, can be found at Dr. Kristin Neff's website: www.self-compassion.org.
Below are two videos on Self-Compassion. The first video is primarily psychoeducation regarding Sympathy, Compassion, Self-Compassion, and Empathy and what Self-Compassion can look like.
The second video is a guided meditation on Self-Compassion that I use in sessions with clients. You can follow along with the meditation as long as it is helpful!
Hopefully this was helpful! If you have questions, please email me at Lindsey@BoesTherapyServices.com.