Being More Self Compassionate

Being More Self Compassionate
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Day 21: The Power of Self-Compassion in Managing Anxiety

We have now reached the end of week 3 of the series. Week 1 focus was on what anxiety is, week two built on this and how to build healthy habits, and for week 3, we worked through a series of things we can do when we feel anxiety coming on.

Often, we are our own critics, give weight to the negative stories we tell ourselves, and speak to ourselves in a way we would not dream of talking to others. We all do this, and it's part of how we are hardwired to think. However, those suffering from anxiety disorders tend to talk to themselves more negatively and more often.

Fostering a kind and understanding attitude towards ourselves can be transformative. Self-compassion isn't about self-indulgence or neglecting responsibilities; it's about recognising our shared humanity, understanding that everyone makes mistakes, and treating ourselves with the same kindness we would offer a good friend. This blog post explores how embracing self-compassion can be a powerful tool in managing anxiety.

"You’ve been criticising yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens." - Lucy L. Hay