It's easy to be aware of when you don’t feel your best, especially physically. For me, I get migraines as much as nine times a month. If I sense it coming on early enough, I can medicate and mostly feel okay but not great. Fortunately I don’t get glutened very often. That makes me really sick so I guess a gift of the pandemic is that I don’t eat out very much.
When we feel bad emotionally, we might not know it right in the moment. Or, we may know we feel bad and think it's because we do not have control of the circumstances in our lives. Or maybe that our actions are out of control. Overeating. Drinking too much.
Sometimes we may not even notice when we're feeling okay. Is it possible to appreciate how often we do feel good? (The answer is yes, but it may take some practice.) And when we are off our game, then what?
Enter self-compassion, the art of cutting ourselves a break. The irony about self-compassion is that we do more, not less. We do better, not worse. It makes us nicer to other people too. And that, in turn helps us feel better.
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