How To Have Compassion for Yourself

I used to be very hard on myself. I took the tough-love approach to my self-improvement and I thought that the meaner I was to myself the more it would motivate me to change. Call yourself fat and disgusting enough time and you’ll lose those pounds. Tell yourself how stupid you are and you’ll stop making mistakes. Shocker, it didn’t work. After awhile, it was so common for me to be mean to myself that I stopped noticing I was doing it.  Until I’d fall into depression and then I’d notice, and believe those things. Self-love helped me see that being a judgmental asshole to myself accomplished absolutely nothing. It took a long time to get out of that habit. I’m talking years. I was committed to changing but no matter how hard I tried the moment I got frustrated at myself I was right back to calling myself stupid…

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