Increase your self-esteem by more strategies that calm strong emotions such as shame (1 minute read)
This post “Increase your self-esteem by more strategies that calm strong emotions such as shame” continues with how you can increase your self-esteem by listening to your feelings and heal self-destructive shame.
Increase your self-esteem by more strategies that calm strong emotions such as shame:
One way of reducing self-critical shame is to become more self-compassionate.
Here are some more important insights in how Compassion Focused Therapy, CFT, can be helpful in reducing self-critical shame by helping you taking control over strong feelings:
4 Naming the feelings you are experiencing which in itself is calming, also by writing a diary, but also through practicing acceptance and validation. This can be done by reflecting upon: what feelings do I feel, how strong are they, where can I feel them in the body, what do they want me to do, what is wise to do
5 Visualization exercises such as imagery, writing letters, role play etc.
6 Practicing mindfulness: This can expand the tolerance needed to be able to stay in unpleasant inner experiences such as traumatic experiences or suppressed feelings. This can be done by developing an inner base of compassion, compassionately studying internal emotional turmoil instead of getting caught in pain and misery.
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