How self-compassion can help you lose weight
Does this sound familiar?
Why didn’t I get something else to eat? And why did I overeat? I’ve ruined my week. Why can’t I stick to my Budget?
Cut yourself some slack
Want more proof that having some self-compassion is better than being a jerk to yourself?
You're also more likely to take care of your health—including eating well and moving more—even when you’re stressed. Being kind to yourself pays off in other ways, too; you tend to have greater well-being and life satisfaction. Your outlook is sunnier and stress doesn’t hit you so hard. What’s more, self-compassion can help you maintain your weight loss!
Let's bust some myths
Myth 1: Being kind to yourself is selfish and indulgent.
You know how flight attendants always tell you to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others? That rule applies here, too: Showing compassion for yourself makes it easier for you to do the same for others.
That's just silly. Anyone can cultivate more self-compassion. Like anything, it takes practice.
It can be as simply making a point of talking to yourself like you would a friend. Would you say the mean things you tell yourself to a friend who was struggling? Nope. So don't do it to yourself.
The opposite is true: Practicing self-compassion can help you recognize—and then overcome—barriers that keep you from reaching your goals.