Written by Julia Hogan.
When you’re having a difficult time, rather than berating yourself, try self-compassion. As a therapist, I’ve heard so many of my patients say they don’t deserve the same level of compassion that they give their friends. “Of course I would be supportive of my friend as she struggles again and again to get her drinking under control,” they tell me. “But I’m just a failure when it comes to eating healthy. I should get it right.” I remind my clients that we all make mistakes, and that doesn’t make us horrible people. No one, including you, is infallible, and that’s okay. Research shows that people who practice self-compassion experience a host of benefits including lower levels of depression and anxiety and they are more optimistic.
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