You may have noticed that it’s often easier to be kind towards others than it is to show the same degree of self-compassion.

Having self-compassion means you are able to treat yourself with the same kindness and care that you would extend towards a close friend.

Kristin Neff, one of the leading self-compassion researchers, has identified three main components of self-compassion: self-kindness, feelings of common humanity, and mindfulness.

In his book 12 Rules for Life Jordan Peterson says you should take care of yourself as you would someone you are looking after. Here’s a short video which summarises his idea.