Self Compassion in Daily Life
The goal of the MSC program is to be mindful and self-compassionate in daily life. That means to (1) know when you’re under stress or suffering (mindfulness) and (2) to respond
with care and kindness (self-compassion). The simplest approach is to discover how you
already care for yourself, and then remind yourself to do those things when your life becomes
Physically - soften the body
- How do you care for yourself physically (e.g., exercise, massage, warm bath, cup of tea)?
- Can you think of new ways to release the tension and stress that builds up in your body?
Mentally - reduce agitation
- How do you care for your mind, especially when you’re under stress (e.g., meditation, watch a funny movie, read an inspiring book)?
- Is there a new strategy you’d like to try to let your thoughts come and go more easily?
Emotionally - soothe and comfort yourself
- How do you care for yourself emotionally (pet the dog, journal, cook)?
- Is there something new you’d like to try?
Relationally - connect with others
- How or when do you relate to others that brings you genuine happiness (e.g., meet with friends, send a birthday card, play a game)?
- Is there any way that you’d like to enrich these connections?
Spiritually - commit to your values
- What do you do to care for yourself spiritually (pray, walk in the woods, help others)?
- If you’ve been neglecting your spiritual side, is there anything you’d like to remember to do?