Watch video: The importance of having compassion for ourselves

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  • We don't often treat ourselves with the compassion we have for others. 

  • Think about the words we use in self-talk. Are we being kind or critical? 

  • Taking care of our bodies with proper rest and nutrition is an act of self-love. 

When you think about compassion, is it something you reserve only for others? Too often, we forget that we can apply the Golden Rule to ourselves and give ourselves the grace, kindness and care we show to those we love. 

In this video, Jenni O'Donnell, Psy.D., senior medical director for behavioral health integration at Swedish Medical Group, shares tips for practicing self-compassion and turning down the critical voices in our heads.  

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Additional resources

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Watch video: The power of positive affirmations

Watch video: Tap into gratitude with these tips from a Swedish expert

Watch video: Feeling stressed out? Try this relaxation exercise

Watch video: Breathe. A Swedish expert shares some mindfulness guidance

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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your health care professional’s instructions.

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About the Author

Whether it's stress, anxiety, dementia, addiction or any number of life events that impede our ability to function, mental health is a topic that impacts nearly everyone. The Swedish Behavioral Health Team is committed to offering every-day tips and clinical advice to help you and your loved ones navigate mental health conditions.

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