True Being RD
Emily Marshall 

How to be Self-Compassionate


We've all probably experienced negative thoughts about ourself at some point or another. What you may have noticed is when you have these negative thoughts, it leads to a downward spiral or snowball effect into more negative thoughts which cloud your mind, make your feel worse and may also affect your behaviors and actions to become self-destructive in nature (i.e. more binge eating, emotional eating or self-isolation). 

 

It's these overwhelming emotions of guilt, shame, and blame which I call the "inner-bully" which has such an impact on how we view ourselves, our self-confidence and trust and our ability to make positive change. 

 

Here's how to change it:

- Self-Compassion is the secret sauce to reframing your mindset and stopping those inner-bully thoughts before they have a chance to snowball.

- You may not realize this, but you are human. As a human, you are allowed to mess up (it's what we do) AND you are allowed to move on from it and forgive yourself. 

- Self-compassion can be thought of as being kind to yourself and it's how you can stand up to those inner bully thoughts

 

To be more self-compassionate. Think about these questions here: 

  • How would you speak to a loved one if they were struggling? What do you notice about your tone of voice, or the words you use?

  • How does this differ to how you speak to yourself when you are struggling? 

  • If you notice you are being more self-critical of yourself? Ask yourself if this is helping you? 

  • What factors or fears lead you to be more self-critical to yourself?

  • How might things change if you responded to yourself more kindly (like you would to a friend)

  • What words or phrases could you use to replace inner-bully talk?


Photo above is by Külli Kittus on Unsplash

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For more on how to be more self-compassionate, check out this episode of my live show!

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