Developing self-compassion

Developing self-compassion

Working in health and social care means that we are often caring for others, sometimes to the detriment of ourselves.  To care well for others, however, we also need to care well for ourselves.

“Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent, we cannot nurture others from a dry well”

Jennifer Louden.

Consider for a moment how we all accept the instruction before a flight to put on our own oxygen mask, before we help someone else with theirs. Self care and self compassion are based on the same principle. One of our Occupational Therapy colleagues has put together a document to help explain this, together with some useful tips and suggestions, which you can find here.

Here are some other links you might find helpful:

Compassionate Mind Foundation.

Three Good Things.

Susan David TED Talk: The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage. 

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