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It’s important to show yourself some compassion, ditch the harsh self-criticism, and learn to be kinder to yourself.
A great way to practice self-compassion is to ask yourself, “What would I say to a friend who felt this way or had this problem?” Chances are, you'd be kind.
Responding to yourself with that same type of kindness and compassion can help alleviate some of the unnecessary guilt you feel.
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Don’t waste your energy fighting your guilt or thinking, “I shouldn’t feel this way.” Ignoring it or even trying to suppress it won’t work.
Instead, notice your feelings and acknowledge it. Put a name to it. Studies show that just labeling your feelings can help them feel l...
Here are several reasons why people experience more guilt during the pandemic:
Be aware of the other emotions and mood you experience when you’re around other people too. If someone tries to force you to go on guilt trips, set boundaries. Refuse to be “guilted” into doing things you don't want to do.
Pay attention to the story you are telling yourself and ask if there’s another way to look at the situation. You might discover a slight shift in the way you think...
Your guilt may be a reminder that you should apologize to someone you've hurt.
If you messed up, acknowledge your mistake to the other person. Say you’re sorry without making...
Here are a few reasons why some people may be feeling more guilty during this time:
A lot of people are experiencing unnecessary guilt right now, so you’re not alone if you can relate. Talking to friends and family members who understand can help.
If, despite your efforts, you’re still experiencing a lot of guilt or it’s interfering with your ability to function, consider...
Guilt feels uncomfortable. So when you experience it, you may be tempted to take whatever steps you can to feel better. But if you’re not careful, the action you take to relieve your guilt might not be healthy.
Ultimately, you may end up feeling even guiltier for taking actions out ...
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Self-compassion involves treating yourself with the same kindness with which you'd treat a loved one. Self-compassion consists of three ingredients:
Didn’t we just cover this? No, self-compassion is different from self-care. Self-compassion is offering yourself the same gentle words and comforting actions you’d extend to a friend who’s going through something difficult. It’s also not punishing yourself for feeling like you need someone else.
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