You treat your best friends with love, respect and kindness — but do you extend the same courtesy to yourself?
We’re often our own worst critics — and that can take a serious toll on our everyday lives. Self-compassion, or the art of expressing warmth and understanding toward yourself at all times, is an important element to wellbeing. Not only does it benefit your mental health, but research shows it can even improve aspects of your physical health.
The best part? It’s fairly simple to do. Practicing self-compassion is just “talking to yourself with an encouraging inner dialogue,” self-compassion researcher Kristin Neff, an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, told The Huffington Post. This includes acknowledging a difficulty or a challenge and telling yourself it’s okay that it’s occurring.
Life is better when you treat yourself with kindness. We chatted with a few self-compassion researchers on the overwhelming benefits of the practice. Check them out below and transform your mental attitude ASAP.