How to Take a Self-Compassion Break
THE SELF-COMPASSION BREAK
A Tool to Build Self-Compassion (Adapted from Neff, 2016 http://self-compassion.org)
The Self-Compassion Break is an informal practice based on
being kind and compassionate with yourself in times of
suffering. Choose phrases from each step that resonate with
you or make up your own compassionate responses.
Step 1. MINDFULNESS: “This is a moment of suffering…
I am really struggling… This is really hard right now.” So,
instead of overly identifying with your difficult emotions or
trying to push them out of awareness, you turn toward the
pain, acknowledge it and name it.
Step 2. COMMON HUMANITY: “Suffering is part of life…
Many people are going through similar situations.” In Step 2