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  • Writer's pictureKristen Genzano, LPC

Afternoon Live - Cultivating Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is the practice of turning toward yourself in difficult times and offering yourself the same gentle kindness you would offer a dear friend. Many people confuse self-compassion with self-pity or self-esteem. In this segment of Afternoon Live, I talk about what self-compassion really is and how it differs from self-esteem. Below you’ll find a series of steps you can use to begin to cultivate your own practice of compassion toward yourself.

How to start practicing self-compassion:

  1. Notice when a moment of self-criticism arises

  2. Pause, take a deep breath

  3. Acknowledge the human experience that you are having

  4. Offer yourself the same kind response that you would offer a friend

  5. Treat this as an experiment, there's no wrong way to be compassionate toward yourself!

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