Antidote to Self-Pity

When you feel an sentiment of "poor me" that leads to a feeling of isolation, try adding these phrases into your self-talk: 

Other people feel this way too.

This is part of being human.

I am riding the ups and downs of human experience.

All humans feel these same emotions.

I am a hurting human among other hurting humans. 

I am sharing this experience with millions of other people. 

Having problems is normal.

Failing is something every human experiences.

I am not alone in feeling this way.

Other people long for what I long for. 

Self-pity isolates us. 

With self-pity, we feel like we are the only one suffering. Self-pity might sound like this: Poor me. Why me? Other people have it so much better than I do. Bad things always happen to me. I am the only one feeling lonely tonight. I am the only one without a job. I am always getting hurt. I'm the only one who is this sick. No one likes me. No one understands my pain. 

Self-compassion connects us. 

Self-compassion recognizes that what you are feeling is part of the human experience. It honors that other people suffered in this same way. Self-compassion helps you see that you are not alone.

Addressing our pain with self-compassion sounds like this: Other people feel the way I feel. I know other people feel lonely too. I am not the only one in human history to fail. I am not the only person who feels abandoned. I am not alone in this experience of pain. I am hurting, but I am not the only one hurting. 

Self-pity makes a person feel worse and offers no way out of the suffering. Self-compassion offers a sense of shared humanity, a presence of being united to others who are similarly suffering, and brings a sense of hope for the future. 

We are connected in our common humanity, we just have to remind ourselves of that! 

Seeing Differently

Sending Love and Peace

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