Self compassion Affirmations
Self-compassion is a quality that can help us feel more connected to our inner selves and to others and self compassion affirmations can help us get from A to B. Self-compassion allows us to soothe ourselves in times of distress, and to see our own goodness even in the midst of mistakes or failures.
One way to cultivate self-compassion is through the use of affirmations.
What are affirmations in general?
Affirmations are positive statements that can help to challenge and overcome negative self-talk. When we repeat these statements to ourselves, we can help to retrain our brain to think more positively about ourselves and our situation. What you put out into the universe comes back to you. Affirmations have been used for years by followers of the law of attraction, for things like career affirmations, wealth and love and compassion.
How can self-compassion affirmations help me?
These affirmations can help you to change the way that you think and feel about yourself. By repeating these statements, you can help to counter negative self-talk and cultivate a more positive relationship with yourself. If you want to feel compassion towards yourself you have to reprogram your mind and start believing in what you want to come back to you.
Ten examples of self compassion affirmations you can use right now:
1. I am worthy of self-compassion.
2. I am not perfect and that is okay.
3. I am allowed to make mistakes.
4. I am doing the best that I can.
5. I accept myself for who I am.
6. I love and appreciate myself just as I am.
7. I am kind and patient with myself.
8. I forgive myself for my mistakes.
9. I am gentle with myself in times of hardship.
10. I am grateful for my own self-compassion.
When should you practice your affirmations?
You can practice self-compassion affirmations at any time that you need a boost of self-love. It could be first thing in the morning, before bed, or even during your lunch break at work. If you are struggling to show yourself compassion, it can be helpful to set aside some time each day to focus on your affirmations. The most common technique is to set aside 5 minutes in the morning, noon and before bed to practice. However, you can tailor the frequency and duration of your practice to what works best for you. Find a nice quiet place at home or work where you can sit or stand comfortably and won’t be interrupted. Once you’re settled, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then, begin repeating your self-compassion affirmations out loud, or to yourself inwardly if you prefer. Try to really focus on the meaning of the words and how they make you feel. After you’ve finished repeating your affirmations, take a few more deep breaths and sit for a minute or two in silence, allowing the positive energy of self-compassion to wash over you.
Whenever you notice self-critical thoughts creeping in throughout the day, take a moment to stop and say one of your affirmations out loud, or to yourself inwardly. This will help to counter the negative self-talk and remind you to show yourself compassion.
Should I tell others about my affirmations?
You don’t have to share your affirmations with anyone if you don’t want to, but some people find it helpful to tell others about their self-compassion practice. This can help to hold you accountable and make you more likely to stick with it. If you do decide to tell others, choose someone who is supportive and who you feel comfortable talking to about this type of thing. You could also join an online self-compassion community or look for self-compassion meetups in your area.
Taking it a step further with visualization techniques:
If you want to take your self-compassion practice a step further, you could try adding in visualization techniques. This involves picturing yourself in a situation where you are demonstrating self-compassion. For example, you might imagine yourself forgiving yourself for a mistake, or being kind to yourself when you’re feeling down. Visualization can help to increase the positive effects of self-compassion affirmations and make it easier for you to show yourself compassion in difficult situations.
Start by finding a quiet place where you can sit or lie down comfortably. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then, begin to picture yourself in a situation where you are demonstrating self-compassion. Really try to imagine what it would feel like and what you would say to yourself. For example, you might imagine yourself forgiving yourself for a mistake, or being kind to yourself when you’re feeling down. Visualize the scene as vividly as you can, using all of your senses. Try to really feel the self-compassion that you are directing towards yourself. After a few minutes, open your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
You can practice self-compassion visualization whenever you need a boost of self-love. However, it can be especially helpful to do it before bed, as it can help you to drift off to sleep feeling more compassionate towards yourself.
Showing yourself compassion can be a challenge, but it is so worth it. By practicing self-compassion, you will start to feel more connected to your inner self and others. You will also find it easier to soothe yourself in times of distress and see your own goodness, even in the midst of mistakes or failures. So, if you’re ready to start showing yourself some compassion, why not try out self-compassion affirmations or visualization techniques? You might be surprised at how much of a difference they can make.
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