Self-compassion is an essential part of “wellness, psychologically, relationally, physically and even spiritually,” said Joyce Marter, LCPC, a therapist and owner of Urban Balance, a counseling practice in the Chicago area.
It also helps us confront hardships, and make beneficial changes in our lives. Self-compassion “allows us to engage our brain and body’s basic soothing system,” said Dennis Tirch, Ph.D, a psychologist and director of The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy.
By supporting ourselves, we create “a secure base” to deal with challenges. “As a result, cultivating self-compassion can help us to have the motivation and the courage to engage in behavioral changes, leading us to live bigger lives, and move towards what matters to us.”
Unfortunately, many people — especially those with mental illness — can sometimes be particularly hard on themselves.
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