Hello Positive Energizers,
BE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND! Every day we have thousands of internal thoughts, emotions, stories and experiences. Emotional agility builds our capacity to engage our inner world in a way that is courageous, curious and compassionate. Self-compassion is about recognizing what it means to be human. While some people come by self-compassion naturally, others have to learn it. Luckily, it is a learnable skill.
WHAT – Self-compassion has three main principles:
- Common humanity
HOW – Self-compassion takes practice. The goal is not to be perfect at compassion but to be a compassionate mess!
- Embrace unconditional self-acceptance
- Reframe extreme self-criticism
- Be compassionate to others
WHY – Self-compassion takes practice. The goal is not to be perfect at compassion but to be a compassionate mess! Embrace unconditional self-acceptance Reframe extreme self-criticism Meditate Be compassionate to others
WHAT – To be human is to be imperfect and to make mistakes.
HOW – The concept of being your own best friend can also be thought of as protecting your own roots, from yourself. Continually challenge your negative self-talk, show yourself some compassion.
WHY – Putting ourselves down is a bad habit, nothing more! Self-compassion is a necessary part of our journey; it’s about recognizing that you are doing the best you can — with who you are, with what you’ve got, and with the resources that you’ve been given.
Brené Brown hosts a weekly podcast called “Unlocking Us” where she chats one-on-one with prominent folks in the media. In one of her recent episodes, she sits down with Director, Judd Apatow as they unravel the importance of being honest with your self and speaking your truth. Battling the fear of peer-judgment is difficult, but combatting your own inner dialogue can be even more challenging. On the road to being your own best friend, and as you practice showing self-compassion, remember to always challenge your negative self-talk.