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The Biggest Misconceptions About Self-Compassion

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.
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Body Image

When You Don’t Recognize Your Body

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.
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Exercise

50 Journal Prompts for Exploring Your Favorite Things

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.
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3 Ways to Be Kind to Your Body When You Don’t Like it Very Much

 

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...
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Body Image

50 Quick Journal Prompts to Spark Self-Reflection

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.
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Culture

The Challenge of Practicing Self-Care as a Parent: Q&A with Clinician Catherine O’Brien

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.
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