Five tips for cultivating self-compassion

  1. Forgive yourself when you make a mistake. Remind yourself that no one is perfect.
  2. Give yourself permission to say "no.” Attend to how you are feeling about a possible commitment, and notice when you feel pulled by guilt, shame, or fear of the other person’s reaction.
  3. Treat yourself with respect and kindness. Replace criticism and judgment with support and comfort. Talk to yourself as you would to a loved one or close friend.
  4. Give yourself credit for your hard work. Reward effort. Remind yourself of progress you’ve made towards a goal. Celebrate your accomplishments.
  5. Take a break when you need one. Do something nice for yourself when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or tired.




by Jen Metheny, PhD



Posted on January 7, 2014 .