Want to change your life? Try Self-Compassion

Self-compassion and change

Research bears out the different ways that self-compassion helps us make changes in our lives. For example, people who are kinder toward themselves are better equipped to make progress toward health-related goals, such as losing weight, exercising, quitting smoking, or recovering from substance abuse. When we’re self-compassionate, instead of shaming ourselves, we are able to face our struggles head-on with all of our resources available to us.

Self-compassion is also associated with the release of oxytocin (the love hormone that facilitates safety and connection), which reduces our distress and increases our feelings of care and support. As psychologist Paul Gilbert proposes, when we practice self-compassion, we are deactivating the threat-defense system and activating the care system in our bodies.

This soothing effect can help us when we are going through difficult times that require us to make changes in our lives, serving as a powerful source of strength and resilience. For example, David Sbarra and his colleagues found that participants who were going through a divorce and displayed more self-compassion when talking about their breakup were healthier, happier, and more resilient. Similarly, soldiers returning from Afghanistan who were taught self-compassion had lower levels of post-traumatic stress disorder.

This research bodes well for those of us who want to make changes in our own lives. Whatever we struggle with, practicing self-compassion can help us make headway on our goals and aspirations. Science is showing that the path to a happier and more fulfilled life starts with growing an attitude of kindness.

Bron: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/want_to_change_your_life_try_self_compassion

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Selfness, the new wellness experience

Are you one of the hip and trendy concerned about a healthy lifestyle, physical and spiritual self-awareness and healthy nutrition? Have you been on a selfness weekend or holiday already? Selfness is the new personal development experience.

After the hype around wellness travel it is now time for selfness.

While wellness holidays are all about “dolce far niente”, selfness is about self-realization and shaping your life. A selfness holiday is to recover from our daily hectic lifestyle and to invest in our self development. It is the ideal moment for reflection, to question yourself and set your personal goals.

The new luxury is about getting in touch with oneself, working on our self-development, re-energizing ourselves, taking time to rediscover nature and breaking out the treadmill.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls in line”


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Kiezen voor jezelf – is dat egoïstisch?

Kiezen voor jezelf klinkt egoïstisch. Maar weet je – niet alles is wat het lijkt. Ontdek een paar inzichten die je leven voor altijd beter kunnen maken.

“Self-love is the source of all our other loves.”
Pierre Corneille

Kiezen voor jezelf – het klinkt egoïstisch

Precies – het klinkt héél egoïstisch. En het klinkt als het tegenovergestelde van wat ons wordt aangeleerd. Het tegenovergestelde van wat veel religies en wijze oude oma’s ons leren. “Kiezen voor jezelf – is dat egoïstisch?” verder lezen

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