Being Gentle With Myself

Dear Readers,
Yesterday I had a wonderful session with my therapist.
Even though I have seen therapists for many years, I am still learning.
I asked her, “Shouldn’t I have this all figured out by my age?”  HA! Apparently not!
Without boring you with all the details, the bottom line was self-compassion, with being gentle with myself.
(Lisa, a blogger, has a good definition of self-compassion. See her blog here.)

What is self-compassion to me?
It’s about taking care of myself when I need to, as I would take care of someone I loved.
It’s about talking kindly to myself.
It’s about understanding where I came from, and acknowledging that.
It’s about treating myself as nicely as I would treat other people.

There is some research out about self-compassion.
This is from The New York Times:

Do you treat yourself as well as you treat your friends and family?
That simple question is the basis for a burgeoning new area of psychological research called self-compassion — how kindly people view themselves. People who find it easy to be supportive and understanding to others, it turns out, often score surprisingly low on self-compassion tests, berating themselves for perceived failures like being overweight or not exercising.
The research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health. People who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic. Preliminary data suggest that self-compassion can even influence how much we eat and may help some people lose weight.   (Read the article here.)

Today I practiced gentle self-talk.
I woke up feeling out of sorts, a little tired, blue.
I had planned on going to a meeting, going to yoga, and then the eye doctor.
I started to get mad at myself, knowing I did not feel good enough mentally to get to yoga or a meeting. 
Then I stopped.
I said, “I feel a little bit down. I can take care of myself right now.”
Instead of trying to force myself anywhere, I read a book for awhile.
Gentle, gentle, gentle.
When I got up, showered, went to eye doctor, I felt good.

I am an up and down person.
I can be madly flying one day, and quite low the next.
But if I can be very gentle, and love myself with a deep respect, I do believe I will be happier on my down days. 
Today was living proof. 

6 thoughts on “Being Gentle With Myself

  1. I am like that too. the up and the downs. I HATE it. I need to get out my self compassion list again and get on with it. well done to you and thanks for the PostLisawww.thecword-compasssion.com

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  2. Dear CWD,Thank you so much for your kind words! I can't believe I wrote this over a year ago!Time is flying!I still have to treat myself with gentle hands, as it is so easy to be mean to myself!xo

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