For a long time, the field of psychology has focused mainly on providing relief from things that affect us negatively, addressing diagnoses like trauma, depression, and addiction. But a newer branch of psychology, called positive psychology, is interested in what...
A version of this article was first published through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion's (CMSC) newsletter. In the coming months, CMSC will be featuring service initiatives and social-justice efforts within the CMSC community. Today, we offer a beautiful,...
The theme for International Womens Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. This year, the organization affirms that “a challenged world is an alert world,” and asks us to to take action in calling out gender bias and inequality, so that we may create a more inclusive world. What a beautiful and necessary mission! But does it feel a little… daunting? How do we do this? What will it take? A foundation of fierce self-compassion is key.
How do you talk to yourself when you are struggling? Is your inner voice kind, understanding, and encouraging, or harsh and critical? Self-compassion is strongly linked to decreased stress, increased happiness, physical and mental well-being, and overall life satisfaction.
The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated things for all of us, but it has made life particularly challenging for parents. Balancing physical safety and mental and social health seems like an impossible task.
How do we help our kids, and ourselves, cope with the stress and uncertainty of our current situation?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, what we are all going through right now is stressful to say the least. It is an unprecedented time, and we’ve had to adapt and change the way we live and interact with the world. It is understandable that this current situation is bringing about multiple stressors.
The world today seems to offer no end of sources of stress. Not all stress is bad; it can help us meet a deadline or act quickly in an emergency. But chronic stress leaves us worn out and run down, even hopeless and unable to function well in our lives. We often don’t have the option to remove the stressors themselves, but one of the ways we can effectively combat stress is with gratitude.