So, what do we do when we mess up? What do we do when we handle a challenging moment with less than our usual calm-cool-collected self?
Research by Dr. Kristen Neff (and colleagues), highlights self-compassion as key to resilience. It is surprising (and a relief for many) that self-compassion trumps self-esteem.
Who would have thought? Resilience is not built through
Instead, what helps, in a mature adult,
the wisdom of seeing oneself "in process."
Statements that support self compassion (and which we can then support students to use) include:
Reflective exercises to build self-compassion can help prepare for, and recover from, challenging moments.
So as May moves forward, may self compassion grow and increase your bounce back!