Self-compassion involves dedicating a few minutes in your day to acknowledge and appreciate your worth and efforts. It is a time to remind yourself of your strengths and spirit, particularly when managing family dynamics and social gatherings. Self-compassion is an evidence-based practice that can help process complex emotions, reduce stress, and improve mood.
You can introduce self-compassion into your day by repeating a positive statement about your emotional experiences or struggles. This could be as simple as saying to yourself, “choosing time for myself over pleasing others is not selfish,” or “my well-being is a priority, not an option.” These affirmations are more than just words; they are a recognition of you and a reinforcement of your values. Define the holiday season through your self-compassion and discover the peace it brings.