“Self-compassion means caring for yourself in the same way you would care for someone you love” (Marotta 2013, 141).
Ask yourself: “Do I feel lonely and stay guarded in self-protection mode or do I choose to take care of myself with messages and acts of self-compassion?
Cultivate Self-Compassion. The neurotransmitter oxytocin, “the hormone of love and bonding,” stimulates the “tend and befriend” response, our instinctive nature to give and receive nurturance. There are actual things you can do to turn this response on and cultivate self-compassion. Try hugging, petting an animal, getting a massage, or smiling. Know as you are doing this, you’re also training your brain to be less negative and more positive!