Mental health self help worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Mental Health Self Help worksheet?

Self compassion is the ability to acknowledge, accept, understand and make efforts to alleviate one’s own pain and suffering. It is one of the key components responsible for maintaining one’s mental wellbeing and health. Self compassion has shown to inhibit symptoms of anxiety and depression and increase resilience and optimism. 

According to Kristen Neff, one of the pioneers in self-compassion research, it entails a deep understanding towards one’s pain and failure instead of being critical or judgemental.  Developing this aspect of self-compassion can serve as a helpful tool in coping with failures in life. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will help in identifying and modifying one’s self critical thinking style that  could be contributing to their distress. It will help in being mindful of such harsh critical thoughts that inhibit the ability to be self compassionate in a situation where it is needed the most. 

How to use the worksheet?

Use this worksheet when you feel self critical thoughts or ‘self talk’ after a setback or failure. Identify which unhelpful thinking patterns they are based on. Ask yourself what facts support or negate your statements. Replace them with caring and understanding statements that you might say to a loved one or a friend in a similar situation.  

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