Self-compassion is the practice of relating to yourself with kindness, unconditional acceptance, and forgiveness. It is treating yourself with the same care and compassion you would show a friend in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure or suffering.

Self-compassion is linked to well-being, coping, and resilience. While self-criticism may increase motivation in the short-term, it often increases fear of failure, shame, and performance anxiety. Self-compassion offers long-term gains. It makes it safe to experience failure which increases motivation to pursue difficult tasks and take personal responsibility for mistakes. People who practice self-compassion tend to experience greater satisfaction in their relationships and be more understanding of themselves and others. The Counseling Center shares self-compassion practices.

Submitted by: Jamie Kardelis