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How to Take a Self-Compassion Break


A Tool to Build Self-Compassion (Adapted from Neff, 2016

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