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Mindful Self-Compassion as a Tool to Ease Stress




A growing body of research over the last 15 years from Kristin Neff, Ph.D., and colleagues suggests the many benefits of practicing mindful self-compassion. Some key findings include:

  • Lower level of depression

  • Decreased anxiety

  • Reduced stress

  • Less self-criticism

  • Decreased levels of cortisol (the stress hormone)

  • Greater resilience in coping with life's stressors

  • Increased positive psychological strengths such as optimism, initiative, curiosity, and emotional intelligence

  • Greater ability to gain emotional control when stressed

  • More positive health behaviors (reduced smoking, and improved motivation for exercise, dieting, seeking appropriate medical attention)

  • Healthier relationships (greater empathy and forgiveness for others; less control/aggression; more support)


Click here to find a resource list of mindful self-compassion guided meditations. Here are some excellent ones to try:

  • Self-Compassion Break 

  • Compassionate Friend 

  • Affectionate Breathing 

  • Soften, Soothe, Allow--working with emotions in the body 

Click here to go straight to the Self-Compassion Break (5 minutes)

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