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Building Self-Compassion

From Self-Criticism to Self-Kindness:
This InfoPax is designed to provide you with some information and practical skills to help you be less critical and more compassionate towards yourself. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.

Modules:

  • Module 1: Understanding Self-Compassion

    This module provides a general description of what self-compassion is, and why it is important to our mental health, particularly in helping us overcoming our tendency to be our own worst critic.

  • Module 2: Barriers to Self-Compassion

    This module is about pre-empting and dealing with the common barriers that get in the way of being more compassionate towards ourselves.  Typical barriers are positive beliefs we may hold about being self-critical and negative beliefs we may hold about what is means to be self-compassionate.

  • Module 3: Preparing for Self-Compassion

    This module teaches you the first practical steps towards being more self-compassionate. That is, retraining your attention to be more aware of when you are being self-critical and may be in need of a kinder approach to yourself, and also how to slow things down, using your breathing to activate a calming physical state that is more conducive to being self-compassionate.

  • Module 4: Compassionate Imagery

    We know that imagery can be very powerful in triggering our emotions. With this is mind, this modules teaches you how to develop your own compassionate image, that will help you trigger compassionate feelings within you, which you can then direct towards yourself whenever you need them.

  • Module 5: Self-Compassionate Thinking

    This module teaches you how to take the compassionate feelings you are developing, and allow these to guide how you think. This module will teach you strategies such as Compassionate Thought Diaries and Compassionate Letter Writing, to encourage a kinder way of thinking about yourself and your situation.

  • Module 6: Self-Compassionate Behaviour

    This module teaches you how to behave and act in more compassionate ways, both by being kinder towards yourself, kinder towards others, and how to face some of the tough things in life you may need to deal with.

  • Module 7: Self-Compassionate Living

    This final module draws together everything you have covered in the previous modules, to help you live a compassionate life over the long term.  You will develop a Self-Compassion Action Plan and Maintenance Plan, to help keep you on track with all the new self-compassion skills you have learned.