Many underestimate the power of being loving and accepting of yourself. It turns out, self-compassion is more important in overall well-being than you might expect. One fascinating study shows that self-compassion was associated with lower anxiety, whereas self-esteem did not impact anxiety levels. What’s more, weight loss research shows that people who practice self-compassion and forgiveness are more likely to exercise self-control when eating.
During this 10-minute guided meditation by Sonima contributor Jamie Zimmerman, M.D., you’ll practice a visualization exercise designed to help you develop care and compassion for yourself. This exercise can be particularly helpful when you are working on making life changes or personal improvements. By reminding yourself of your innate goodness, you may find that you’re more patient and resilient in the face of setbacks. Try these 10 ways to love yourself (more).
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