Living a healthy, happy life is about learning to love yourself. You cannot love others if you first do not learn to love yourself. It is hard to have a healthy relationship with people when you don’t have a healthy relationship with yourself. Learn some exercises to help cultivate self compassion.
Know Your Authentic Self
A key step toward enhancing self-compassion and self-love is to know your inner critic. This may sound counterintuitive but it is important to know when this critic is speaking and when your optimism and confidence inside is speaking out. It helps to write down frequent, negative thoughts about yourself. If these bubble up, title them ‘inner critic.’ Flip the page and do more exercises again, with a focus on alternate ways to think about self-criticism. Label this ‘authentic self.’ Remind yourself you are not your negative thoughts and they don’t define you.
Positive Focus Group
This may be difficult because it requires the commitment of several people. A ‘positive focus group’ is a group activity involving each person as they take turns discussing strengths and positive qualities. Start by:
- Enlisting a group of friends and family members
- Remind them they will benefit
- Set aside an hour and gather in a comfy spot
- Choose someone to take the first turn, define qualities that make them a good friend or family member, and list anything you appreciate about them. Repeat this until each member has had a turn being praised
Repeat Self-love Mantras
Come up with a mantra-words, phrases, or sentences-that help keep you focused on the things that matter to you. Affirmations are about boosting self-love through self-acceptance. The shorter the better with your mantra. Your mantra should remind you of something you accomplished or are good at. It should make you feel good about yourself.
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