Self-Compassion Practices

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What to do when compassion fatigue hits home

In times of failure or distress on the job, it’s not always easy to show self-compassion, but it is important. Here are some tips to help practice kindness and understanding in those difficult times.

Tip 1: Practice “detached concern”
Somewhere between depersonalization and emotional overload is the mindset of detached concern. Empathy is good, but there is a point beyond which it can get overwhelming. Know when to hit the “off switch.”

Tip 2: Positive self-talk
Everyone has an inner voice, and it’s not always positive. Self-compassion means softening that inner voice and curbing self-criticism.

Tip 3: Try self-compassion affirmations
Replacing negative self-talk with positive self-talk can be a powerful tool. Try simple statements like, “I’m doing my best every day,” or “My mistakes show that I’m learning and growing.”

Explore more practical wellness tips in our course, Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals.

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