Create Your Own Self-compassion Mantra

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Welcome to week 2 of the Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe

Do you have a saying or quote you repeat in your head that keeps you motivated? That’s a mantra, and it’s a fantastic tool to use in moments when you could use some self-compassion. 

Self-compassion expert Kristin Neff, PhD, says these “memorized phrases [can be] repeated silently whenever you want to give yourself compassion.” On Day 4 of this challenge, we used one of Kristin’s mantras to check in with ourselves. As a refresh, her mantra was: 

This is a moment of suffering. 
Suffering is part of life. 
May I be kind to myself in this moment. 
May I give myself the compassion I need. 


Today, make your own mantra — create something that speaks to you and calms your soul. Think about trends in your thoughts and emotions and base your mantra on recognizing and accepting them. For example, do you often find yourself discouraged after dealing with a particular type of patient? Create a mantra that addresses the feeling this situation gives you. Memorize it and repeat it in your head as needed. 

The goal of this self-compassion mantra is to help your inner voice develop into a positive, serene, caring one that can talk to you when you need some kindness. What is yours? Share with us in our discussion in the challenge update section here or on Facebook

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Missed day 5? Catch up here. Join us on  day 7.

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Apr 27, 2021 4:10 PM America/Chicago

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"Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy" is the sign hanging in my entry way as my daily reminder as I leave the house.
  • Posted Thu 06 May 2021 11:09 PM CDT
“Be kind to myself.” Simple and a good reminder for me to change my inner negative dialogue. 
  • Posted Wed 28 Apr 2021 01:03 AM CDT
In high school I started using a mantra - Breathe, just breathe. Still use it to this day, but have also added actually focusing on my breathing. Definitely helps!
  • Posted Wed 28 Apr 2021 12:14 AM CDT

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