In a culture of endless striving and cutthroat competition, self-compassion might feel like a luxury we can’t afford. The truth is, we can’t afford to be without it. Research has shown that self-compassion leads to healthy habits, lowers anxiety and depression, and supports more satisfying relationships.
Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans. Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, as we would a close friend or loved one. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you need it the most? What does that even look like?
This workshop provides simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life. You will learn how to:
- Stop being so hard on yourself
- Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- Motivate yourself and interact with others from a place of kindness, rather than with criticism
This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as for mental health professionals and includes practices to help ease stress for caregivers.
Kristin Neff, PhD is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion. Kristin’s work has received extensive media coverage, including the New York Times, MSNBC, NPR, and Psychology Today. She offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide, and has developed an eight-week program to help people learn to be more self-compassionate in daily life.