- Category: Self-Compassion
- Published on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 21:40
- Written by McKenzie Lode
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Self compassion is often mistaken for self esteem or even self pity. However, it is much more than that and can have many great benefits to your life. The golden rule, we have heard it all our lives and now it is time we place it upon ourselves. Self compassion comes from treating yourself as you would a loved one or someone else you care about. As you would wish the best for them, you should also wish the best for yourself. Leaving behind all judgements of yourself and others and embracing that we are all human and are allowed mistakes. Self compassion can be rewarding in obvious ways including happiness, increased emotional balance, opening of our hearts and minds, but also some unexpected benefits as well. I found out about the new book, pictured on the left. called The Self-Compassion Diet, from a Fox News article.
Jean Fain, author of The Self-Compassion Diet and a therapist affiliated with Harvard, says,"when you treat yourself compassionately you are more apt to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Move when you're energized and rest when you're tired. Do that and you will lose weight naturally." Her book and advice is based on scientifically proven theories, one of which, is that giving yourself a break when it comes to diets is the key to success.
In order to feel self compassion we must first learn to empathize with those around us. Then learning to care for ourselves in the same manner promoting both our physical and mental health and well being. Jean Fain's book provides guidance on how to become more self compassionate and teaches how to improve your eating habits. This will in turn promote your self compassion and health at the same time. It is also said that people who are more self compassionate are more likely to exercise, increasing physical well being and all the positive feelings that come with it.