If You're Doing Any of These 5 Things, Try Self-Compassion

It'll help you feel better, and do better.

9/21/2021 2:17:00 AM

How to tell when you are emotionally stuck and in need of some self-compassion, writes DrAliceBoyes

It'll help you feel better, and do better.

and get your task done. There are tips at the end of the post for how to do this.If you have negative expectations about how the task will go, or the task has some uncertainty attached to it, give yourself compassion about that.2. You're trying to prevent every worry your mind generates.

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Forpeople, worries are like a game of whac-a-mole. No matter how much your mind"works" on your worries, they keep popping back up.You can try the short exerciseto identify which worries you have any control over, and which you don't. Then, try self-compassion, as outlined at the end of this post.

3. You're experiencing thought intrusions about mistakes or regrets.As with worries, the brain sometimes acts like endlessly thinking about mistakes or regrets is going to resolve them, or prevent them from happening in the future.If you respond to thought intrusions about mistakes and regrets with self-compassion rather than rumination, it's more likely you will actually take practical steps to avoid repeating similar mistakes. headtopics.com

4. You're worried you've angered or offended someone, or that they think you're dumb.None of us can control other people's reactions.Fearof irritating someone can lead to problems like unclear communication or delays on projects; for example, if you're overthinking whether to follow up on an unanswered email.

Here's what will happen when you give yourself compassion about your fears about what others are thinking and feeling about you. It will become easier to:Take appropriate self-responsibilityLet go of what you can't controlSee when you've done your best

Be more emotionally vulnerable in your relationships (which can help you bond with people, make genuine apologies where necessary, help people understand your thought process, etc.)5. You've got a goal, but you're not taking the steps to achieve it.

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