Self-compassion means extending compassion to one's self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or suffering. Research indicates that self-compassionate individuals experience greater psychological health than those who lack self-compassion. Self-compassion is positively associated with emotional resilience.
Self-compassion researcher, Dr Kristen Neff, defines self-compassion as being kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings, instead of mercilessly judging and criticising yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings.
After all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?
This short video from The School of Life offers a corrective in practicing self-compassion and self-care on a daily basis.
You might also like to check out Dr Neff's self-compassion guided meditations and exercises.