Self-compassion is when we show ourselves kindness during times of suffering, failure, and when we feel inadequate.
Self-compassion is a skill we develop. For some children, self-compassion can be difficult to practice. They struggle with being kind to themselves and instead bully and berate themselves through negative self-talk.
They need specific interventions to learn how to accept their flaws and celebrate their strengths. One way to do this is through journaling.
Journaling is a great way for adolescents to engage in self-reflection and self-discovery. Writing down their thoughts, feelings, dreams, etc. gives them insight into who they are and who they want to become.
This self-compassion journal is designed to get adolescents to think about how they treat themselves. They are asked to explore their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. They are also guided to give themselves permission to accept their shortcomings instead of criticizing their flaws.
Benefits of Practicing Self-Compassion
When adolescents learn to practice self-compassion they are better able to:
Bounce back from failure
Manage stress with positive coping skills
Love and appreciate themselves
Accept their insecurities
Accept that everyone is flawed
This Self-Compassion Journal includes:
10 Self-Compassion Journal Prompts.
These prompts are designed to get adolescents to explore their current level of self-compassion. They are guided to explore the thoughts and beliefs of their inner critic and also their beliefs about human suffering.
10 Self-Compassion Reflection Sheets.
These self-compassion reflection sheets
encourages adolescents to give themselves permission to be kind and loving to themselves. Each reflection sheet contains a mantra and a mandala for mindful coloring.
I hope you find this resource helpful. You might also like:
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