Have you ever compared yourself negatively with other people, or felt that you’re not good enough?
Do you sometimes feel like a failure, or criticise yourself when you make a mistake?
If it’s a ‘yes’ to any of these, we’ve developed an online self-compassion course which will help you reduce these difficulties, so you can feel better about yourself and be happier in life
What is self-compassion, and why is it helpful?
Self-compassion involves relating to yourself with kindness, care and support – so treating yourself in a similar way as you do a good friend. There are two parts to self-compassion:
1) being able to notice & tolerate our difficulties or distress
2) find wise ways to relieve distress in a helpful way
Through thousands of research studies, self-compassion has been shown to be a powerful way of reducing self-criticism, painful emotions (e.g. anxiety and shame) & psychological difficulties like low mood and stress. Higher self-compassion has also been found to increase wellbeing, happiness and healthy relationships with others
A bit about your course guide…
Dr Chris Irons
Hi, i’m Chris. I’m a clinical psychologist specialising in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and self-compassion. I’m also the author of a number of self-compassion books, including the Compassionate Mind Workbook and the Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions
In my experience, we don’t tend to treat ourselves with the same kindness & care as we do our friends. In fact, we can be very harsh & critical with ourselves
In this online self-compassion course i’ve taken 15 years of clinical experience as a therapist & developed a short, engaging, evidence-based course to help you become more caring and supportive of yourself
So if you struggle with self-criticism, feeling not good enough or inadequate, I hope you’ll let me guide you in how self-compassion can bring change to your life
What the online self-compassion course involves
Each week – through 30-minute videos – you’ll be introduced to ideas and exercises from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). These have been scientifically proven to increase self-compassion, reduce self-criticism, and help us lead happier lives.
In between weeks, you’ll have access to guided audio practices and reading material to support your journey in cultivating self-compassion
Learn what self-compassion is, including some common myths about it. Practise how to build the foundations of self-compassion
Find out about how to develop and grow your Compassionate Self, and practise how to direct this to yourself
Learn how imagery & self-compassion exercises can help you to become more caring & supportive of yourself
Learn how to strengthen your compassionate mind by practising bringing self-compassion to life’s day-to-day challenges
“This course really changed the way I feel about myself. Self-compassion really does make a big difference”
How can the course help me?
Research that’s currently being written up for publication has found that the self-compassion course leads to:
Self-Criticism & Shame
Depression, Anxiety & Stress symptoms
This course includes:
Four 30-minute self-compassion video classes
Five self-compassion audio practices
Reading material to support your journey to a more self-compassionate life
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does self-compassion help?
There are now thousands of studies showing that higher levels of self-compassion are associated with many benefits. This includes higher levels of happiness, wellbeing and positivity, as well as lower levels of self-criticism, shame, anxiety and depression. The great thing is that you can increase your self-compassion in lots of different ways – one of which is this course!
Isn't self-compassion weak and self-indulgent?
These are some of the most common myths about self-compassion. The research on this has actually found the opposite – the more compassionate you are with yourself, the more likely you are to deal with difficult things in life, and take responsibility for your mistakes& failures
I don't deserve self-compassion
Although this is understandable, the key thing about self-compassion isn’t about whether you deserve it, but that you need it. We will spend many, many hours with friends and family in life, but no where near as long as we spend in relationship with ourselves – so the important thing is to learn how to treat ourselves with the same care and compassion we treat our friends and loved ones
Is it possible to become more self-compassionate?
Yes, absolutely! There are hundreds of published studies showing that it’s possible to increase our level of self-compassion, and many of the exercises in this course have been found to do just this.
How long will I have access to the self-compassion course?
For as long as you want it! I want you to feel free to go keep using these ideas and resources whenever you find it helpful
“I didn’t expect to find this self-compassion course so helpful – i’ve really noticed benefits”