This is a snapshot into a time when I was studying for the Law and Ethics exam when I felt less confident about myself intellectually.
It had taken me back to the time in college when I wasn't sure about my determination and academic capacity. Reminding myself of what I do well has been carrying me through my own doubts.
These are my self-compassionate statements:
"I might be having a hard time absorbing the material, but I'm going to study anyway. It's normal to be frustrated."
"It's okay to be anxious. Other people would be anxious in your situation."
WHAT IS SELF-COMPASSION?!
1) It's an attitude of kindness and non-judgment toward oneself
2) We feel less isolated because we acknowledge how others may feel similarly in this situation.
3) Self-compassion is identifying our thoughts and emotions in a unattached way. We are not consumed by these experiences, but rather, we are able to see them in a balanced way.
Neff, K.D. (2003). The development and validation of a scale to measure self-compassion. Self and Identity, 2, 223-250.
WHEN ARE YOU SELF-COMPASSIONATE WITH YOURSELF?!