Sunday, October 23, 2011

Be Happy Now

"Self-compassion may be the key to better health, says
Kristin Neff, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University
of Texas at Austin. Neff shares three simple exercises
to give yourself a little TLC from her book, Self-Compassion:
Stop Beating Yourself up and Leave Insecurity Behind (William
Morrow, 2011):
Speak kindly. Write down what you say to yourself when you
slip up on your health routine. If you are harsh, reframe
your words to reflect the positive support you would give
a friend, then say this to yourself instead.
Soothe with touch. Cross both arms and apply gentle pressure
over your chest (literally give yourself a hug!) until you feel
Breathe deeply. Close your eyes; breathe deeply and evenly.
Scan over any parts of your body that may be achy or sore.
Continue to breathe as you repeat to yourself, "Soften, soothe,

-Diabetes Focus Magazine, Fall 2011