"With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we'd give to a good friend." - Dr. Kristin Neff
When a friend is suffering, we naturally respond with kindness, but many of us find it difficult and unnatural to be supportive of ourselves when we fail. Self-compassion is simply compassion turned inward. It refers to the tendency to be reassuring toward ourselves and tolerant of our mistakes, rather than being harshly self-critical. Practicing self-compassion enhances well-being by helping us cope more effectively with stress and depression, and easing our fear of failure.