Healing through Self-Compassion

Abuse of any kind can lead to feelings of shame, embarrassment, and sometimes anxiety, depression and PTSD.  Self-compassion is a way to reframe the negative words that might be stuck in a loop in your mind. Self-compassion includes speaking to yourself in a nurturing, kind and patient voice that you would use with those you love.

Here are some pointers to allow self-compassion to help you heal and overcome abuse and low self-worth:

  • You matter, and you count: Making nutrition and exercise a part of your daily routine will help you feel healthy mentally and physically. When we are healthy, our self-worth and mood tend to improve. Dedicating time to take care of yourself and tune into your body can be restorative.

 

  • Meditate on the opposite:  If you feel like a failure, remember the last time you were successful. Close your eyes and try to relive the memory. Where do you feel it in your body? Can you allow that feeling of success to wash over you?  Sit with the feeling as long as you like or need and embrace the positive thoughts and feelings.

 

  • Think of your safe person and use their words instead: A safe person you trust and feel secure enough to speak about your thoughts and feelings with them. Imagine what this person would say to you when you don’t believe in yourself.

 

  • Meditate on the opposite:  If you feel like a failure, remember the last time you were successful. Close your eyes and try to relive the memory. Where do you feel it in your body? Can you allow that feeling of success to wash over you?  Sit with the feeling as long as you like or need and embrace the positive thoughts and feelings.

 

Dr Monica Borschel offers EMDR and therapy online through the MindnLife Clinic in Hong Kong. If you would like to set up a session to overcome any past trauma or to understand your relationship patterns, contact the MindNLife Clinic to set up a session with Dr Borschel.

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