Straight from the expert source, Dr Kristen Neff: Self-compassion involves acting the same way towards yourself when you are having a difficult time, fail, or notice something you don’t like about yourself, as you would when you are being kind to yourself. Instead of just ignoring your pain with a “stiff upper lip” mentality, you stop to tell yourself “this is really difficult right now,” how can I comfort and care for myself in this moment?
In contrast to self-esteem, self-compassion is not based on self-evaluations.
Research has showing investigated the relationship between self-compassion, health behaviors, and reactions to illness. In 4 studies in 2013, self-compassion was related to health-related cognitions and affect for healthy and unhealthy participants, and it predicted participants’ reactions to actual illnesses beyond the influence of illness severity and other predictors of health behaviors. Self-compassionate people also indicated they would seek medical attention sooner when experiencing symptoms than people lower in self-compassion. Self-compassion was also related to health-promoting behaviors even after accounting for self-regulatory capabilities and illness cognitions.
Can we use EFT Tapping to increase our own self-compassion levels?
Absolutely!! Rod Sherwin explored this in a podcast and recorded it. I would highly recommend listening along and tapping at the same time!