Archives for Healthy Coping - Page 2
There are so many (too many) misconceptions about what self-compassion really is and what it looks like. And it's precisely these myths that stop us from practicing self-compassion. It's these (erroneous) assumptions that lead us to being self-critical and dismissing ourselves. Which is why I asked several therapists to answer this question: What do you wish people really understood about self-compassion? Below you'll find responses from two therapists, which just might have you reconsidering your thoughts on self-compassion.
In November I started a mini interview series all about caring for ourselves while caring for our kids. As a new mom, I'm interested in seeing how other moms navigate self-care. Because it's funny how when you need self-care the most---parenting, of course, can get overwhelming---may be when you're least able to provide it.
Right now I don't recognize my body. There is a fresh scar well below my belly from my C-section. There is more weight. There are blemishes and bigger thighs. There are curvier curves, an extra softness, and something I jokingly refer to as my marsupial pouch. I notice myself talking more and more about my appearance, and feeling uncomfortable in my own skin.
Last week I shared 50 quick journal prompts to help us get to know ourselves a bit better. Below you'll find 50 more prompts, which focus on your favorite things. As you're gathering with your friends and family for the holidays, consider asking them to share their favorites, too. Often there are so many things we don't know about each other because we simply don't think to ask. This holiday season, consider asking---and be sure to share your own responses.
We often think that the only path to accepting our bodies and treating them (and ourselves) well is to embrace everything, to embrace ourselves from head to toe. And you might be wondering: But what if I still hate my thighs? What if I can't get over my nose? Does that mean I'll be miserable in my skin forever?
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We don't have to be in love with our bodies---our weight, shape or size---to treat ourselves well. In fact, we don't even have to like our bodies. We don't have to walk around loving or liking every inch in order to feel good in our own skin. Because often what helps us to feel good in our own skin are actions and practices. The small gestures. The gradual steps we take every...
Journaling is a powerful way to learn more about ourselves. And it's amazing how many stories just one word (or a few words) can spark. Below are 50 (plus) words to help you self-reflect. Don't think too much about your responses, and don't censor yourself. Simply write what's on your mind. If you like, set a timer, and give yourself a limit. Or don't. Do what works best for you. Always.
Recently, I started a mini series that explores practicing self-care as a parent. Because finding the time and energy to care for ourselves while caring for our kids isn't easy. We also might feel a palpable guilt for doing so. For instance, maybe you assume that you're a terrible parent because you yearn to get away and be alone. Each of us has specific needs, and each of us deserves to fulfill them.