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'People want to help you. Let them': how to be compassionate in a crisis

Being compassionate in times of crisis

Being compassionate in times of crisis

We are all facing more than just one danger currently. Not only do we have to stay in self-isolation, but some of us have also already lost their jobs or started earning a smaller income. All of these can lead to serious mental issues. 

That is why it is so important to practice compassion these days. Compassion towards ourselves and towards others, as we are all in this together. This translates by accepting the feelings we are currently experiencing and being willing to deal with them.

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'People want to help you. Let them': how to be compassionate in a crisis

'People want to help you. Let them': how to be compassionate in a crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/apr/08/people-want-to-help-you-let-them-how-to-be-compassionate-in-a-crisis

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Being compassionate in times of crisis

We are all facing more than just one danger currently. Not only do we have to stay in self-isolation, but some of us have also already lost their jobs or started earning a smaller income. All of these can lead to serious mental issues. 

That is why it is so important to practice compassion these days. Compassion towards ourselves and towards others, as we are all in this together. This translates by accepting the feelings we are currently experiencing and being willing to deal with them.

Self-compassion

Whenever you feel like you have not done enough under certain circumstances, try thinking about the reasons behind your decision. In other words, practice self-compassion towards yourself. 

Especially in times of crisis, self-compassion can enable us to handle more easily our guilt related to the fact that most of us are just staying at home, while others are fighting the virus directly, like the medical staff.

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