[S]elf-directed compassion triggers the same physiological systems as receiving care from other people. Treating ourselves in a kind and caring way has many of the same effects as being supported by others…. Just as importantly, self-compassion eliminates the additional distress that people often heap on themselves through criticism and self-blame. —Mark Leary
While we cannot always control the things that happen to us, we do have a great deal of influence over how we respond to those things.
One of the best examples of that influence is the self-care we can give to ourselves during difficult times.
While many of us find it difficult to practice self-care, it is often as simple as extending to ourselves the same kindness and compassion we extend to others.
The fundamental question is: What kindness would I offer to others right now if they were experiencing my challenge, and how might I offer that caring to myself?
How do you or could you extend to yourself the kindness and caring you offer others?