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4 Reminders for When Mental Illness Makes Self-Compassion Hard

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When I was actively in therapy for my obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety, one of the things my therapist and I worked on was treating myself with self-compassion.

When I would express the negative thoughts I had about myself, she would always ask, “Is that what you would say to a friend if you knew they were struggling?” I have always considered compassion and empathy toward others to be a strength of mine, so of course the answer to that question was “no.” If that was the case, why was it so hard for me to give myself the same compassion I would give to others?

Living life with a mental illness can be brutal. It’s a fact I readily acknowledge on my good days. However, on the days I’m struggling, I tend to forget to have grace and show some kindness to myself.

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