Having self-compassion means that you are kind and understanding to yourself when challenged with personal issues, instead of judging and criticizing various inabilities or weaknesses. All humans experiences loss and frustration at one point or another. By opening your heart and accepting this reality, instead of fighting against it, you can feel more compassion for yourself and others. Self-compassion is often defined as having three main components: self-kindness, (b) mindfulness, and (c) common humanity.
As humans, we are our own worst critics. Having self-kindness refers to the ability to care for oneself instead of being critical. Self-compassion helps people to "go easy on themselves" when confronted with stressful experiences. Mindfulness involves being aware of the present and experiencing the moment using a balanced approach such that our negative emotions are not exaggerated or suppressed. Common humility recognizes that all people experience feelings of imperfections or inadequacy.
Occupational therapists may educate and coach clients about self-compassion to support coping with life stressors and fulfill occupational needs. As healthcare professionals, occupational therapists themselves may practice self-compassion to help perform their daily occupations. Be kind to yourself and let kindness fuel the world.
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