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  Self-compassion is an important part of managing stress. It can help you to be kinder and more understanding towards yourself. It also helps to reduce feelings of guilt and shame when you make a mistake or do something wrong.


   Self compassion put simply is having compassion for oneself. You realize that suffering, failure, and imperfection is part of the shared human experience. Directing feelings of kindness and care towards ourselves, and focusing our attention and energy on how we might alleviate our pain, are crucial components of self compassion. It is ok to have these feelings too. You must learn to accept these feelings and be happy with who you are. We are all human and we all have are faults. Self compassion is very important to your overall wellbeing and to help implement self compassion into your life, we have listed some tips below that might help.


   1) The first step in practicing self-compassion is recognizing that you are not perfect. You are human and that means that sometimes you will make mistakes, feel guilty, or feel ashamed.

   2) The second step is to acknowledge the mistakes that have been made or the emotions that have been felt without judging yourself for them. You should forgive yourself for any mistakes and move on with your day as best as possible instead of dwelling on them too much.

  3) The third and final step is to offer yourself some compassion by saying something like "I'm sorry" or "I forgive myself." This way you are accepting yourself and the mistakes that have been made.


   Becoming aware and reacting better to your feelings will benefit you and others throughout your life. The steps provided in this article are only the beginning stages. We have room to improve, but actively practicing the art of self compassion will make you feel better, both mentally and physically.

   As always we hope this information has been useful to you. Please remember that no one is perfect and to keep hope alive.


The founder of EDL personally knows how far help can go. In the middle of law school, 2010, he suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. He had to relearn how to do the most basic activities like walking or talking. With self determination and help from therapy and the department of assistive and rehabilitative services (DARS), he graduated law school and created this nonprofit. Without help, he firmly believes things would have turned out much different. That is why EDL wants to help. We know firsthand how much of a difference it makes.

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  1. Working on myself for the past year has led me to believe that everyone needs to make time for themselves. Too often we try to do too many things at once. Our bodies were not meant to deal with so much stress. Take time to unwind.

  2. I am trying to work on myself. Can anyone give me some more advice or tips on what to do? This article is good but it is not enough.

  3. I struggle with myself. It is a daily battle. I feel I am never good enough no matter what I do. I have tried almost everything. Nothing seems to work but I will try these steps again. I know they help. I just need to stick with them on a daily bases.

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