Use Self Compassion to Avoid Burnout


The trick to preventing burnout is shifting your perspective. Don’t judge yourself for the number of times you’ve fallen. Rather, celebrate each time you practice self-compassion by forgiving yourself and standing back.

What is Self-Compassion?

Self compassion entails giving ourselves “the same kindness and care we’d give a good friend”.

Use Self Compassion to Avoid Burnout

Is an on-the-job self-care method. Refuels your body and heart. Increases capacity to care for clients, patients or loved ones.

Simple Self-Compassion Exercise

  • Employ Soothing Hand Gesture
    – One hand on top of other on heart
    – One hand on heart & one on belly
    – Both hands on belly/rub belly
    – Both hands cradling face
    – One hand holding other hand
    – Arms around shoulders (hugging self)
  • Gently Say to Self
    – It’s so hard for me to hear/watch this
    – It’s so painful
    – Serenity prayer : “May I have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
  • Also, for Greater Wellbeing
    – Celebrate what’s good in life
    – Practice gratitude
    – Appreciate what’s good about self

Remember to love yourself first.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. We should really practice self compassion

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    1. GS says:

      Yes we should indeed

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  2. A great reminder to be kind to ourselves, give ourselves patience. Those help.

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    1. GS says:

      “To love oneself,” wrote Oscar Wilde, “is the beginning of a life-long romance.” As is the tale of every love story, times will bring both sun and storm, testing our deepest intentions on how we relate to ourselves. Love comes easy on good days, when our self-esteem stands tall on our accomplishments. It’s when we fall that our self-directed goodwill often deserts us. Suddenly, we remember all our faults. Our internal monologue muds with harsh judgments. We blame and shame ourselves for our pain. We abandon ourselves and look to whoever (and whatever) would give us comfort. One way to winning back our own hearts and reclaiming our well-being is through self-compassion.

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      1. Very well said 🙂

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      2. GS says:


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  3. Jan says:

    It’s amazing how we can always be kind to others but so hard on ourselves

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    1. GS says:

      Self-compassion yields a number of benefits, including lower levels of anxiety and depression. Self-compassionate people recognize when they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, which reduces their anxiety and related depression.

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