Create Your Own Self-compassion Mantra
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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