What is self compassion?
Self-compassion is the act of self-kindness that is focused on oneself. It’s the opposite of self-criticism or negative self-talk.
Self-compassion is so hard which is why I’ve compiled my favorite save-the-day self-compassion quotes. One day you feel like you’re on top of the world with next-level confidence. The next day your inner critic has you convinced that everything’s messed up and it seems like your self-esteem is on the floor.
There are a few steps that help you get back to a self-compassionate state of mind.
Steps to self-compassion (even when it feels impossible)
The first step in self-compassion is recognizing that you are not alone. We all struggle with things, and we all have bad days.
The second step to self-compassion is being kind to yourself when your day goes badly. When you’re feeling down or regretful for something you’ve done, give yourself a break.
The third step to self-compassion is reminding yourself of the good things about yourself – don’t let negative thoughts run rampant!
Self-compassion quotes I love
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
― Jack Kornfield
“The more self-compassionate you are, the better able you will be to handle stress.”
― Kristin Neff, PhD.
“Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.”
― Amit Ray
“I have found that self-compassion an essential element in being fully alive and present, as well as the best antidote to despair.”
― Karen Armstrong
“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
― Louise Hay
“Self-compassion is an act of self-kindness, which we practice by resisting the urge to harshly judge or blame ourselves when we make a mistake. It means recognizing our common humanity and shared experience of imperfection. Self-compassion can be practiced at any time—not just in response to painful life circumstances.”
― Dr. Kristin Neff
“It’s not what you’ve done that makes you who are, it’s what you do now.”
—Dennis Browning Jr.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle and have come out of it.”
― Elisabeth Kubler Ross
“It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine.”
― Byron Katie
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