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From Inner Critic to Inner Cheerleader – Practice Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is the practice of showing yourself the same compassion you would show someone you care about, especially in difficult moments when you make mistakes or experience failure. Self-compassion allows us to recognize our limitations while showing kindness as we work through the difficult times.

Self-care is the practice of doing things to take care of your mind, body, and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. It can serve as a reminder to yourself and others that your needs are priority. Below are some examples of different areas of health and ways to practice self-care in each:

  1. Physical Health: getting regular and adequate sleep, as well as moving daily are some examples. 
  2. Emotional Health: being self-compassionate, listening to music, taking naps, journaling and taking time to laugh are great ways to boost your emotional health.
  3. Spiritual Health refers to seeking ways to find comfort, inner peace and purpose in life.  Some ways to practice are praying, practicing yoga, meditating, singing, and developing a gratitude practice.
  4. Social Health encourages connection to the people around you and helps show your ability to adjust to social situations.  You can improve your social health by being present in all circumstances, planning an outing with friends, cooking with your family, or joining a community group.
  5. Intellectual Health encourages creativity by stimulating mental activities.  Some ways to practice include playing board games, painting, reading, visiting a museum or doing a puzzle
NOVA sports nutrition self compassion

Emotional Health 

  • Practice Positive Self-Talk
    • I am enough
    • I am capable
    • I can do this
    • Its ok to make a mistake
    • Find humor in your day
    • I think I can …. becomes I know I can
  • Journaling
    • Who or What inspires you?
    • I am thankful for ….
    • Make a gratitude list
    • This week was great because ….
    • Write an encouraging letter to yourself

Physical Health

  • Nature Walk
  • Take a 10-minute stretch break during the work day
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Try a new exercise class 
  • Spend time outside soaking up the sun and taking deep breaths

Social Health 

  • Do something fun
  • Cook a new meal with family
  • Try a new activity with friends
  • Dance to a favorite song
  • Paint or Color

Spiritual Health

  • Meditate/Pray
  • Yoga/Stretch
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Sing your favorite song
  • Enjoy playing a musical instrument

Intellectual Health

  • Board game lunch hour with colleagues
  • Read a book on a rainy day
  • Visit a museum
  • Visit a local battlefield
  • Do a puzzle with family member

Which areas self-care or self-compassion do you want to focus on? We recommend picking at least one positive behavior from above to engage in daily. Share in the comment section which one you chose!

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