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Cultivating Self-Compassion

As we celebrate World Mental Health Day, let's work to lift someone up and let it begin with ourselves

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Five hundred years before Christ, it was Confucius who formulated the Golden Rule: treat others as you yourself would like to be treated. This rule is a common thread in all major religions and is in perfect alignment and harmony with the mission of World Mental Health Day that is celebrated each year on October 10.

World Mental Health Day began 25 years ago and its purpose is to raise awareness about mental health issues, destigmatize old prejudices and bring into the light acceptance, support and treatment for those affected by it.

The evidence is clear. One in four people will experience a mental health issue this year. More alarming is that 9/10 of those same people will experience being stigmatized because of it.

While it is so easy to notice differences in our lives, our beliefs, our likes and dislikes, there is one thing we share in common that connects us all: pain. Inherently, as human beings, we all experience pain, no matter how ideal our life appears on the outside. Sometimes this pain is visible to the eye, and at times it is not.

On this day, it's important to remember the common bonds that unite us all and to remember the value and sanctity that exists in each and every one of us.

As we celebrate World Mental Health Day, let's work to lift someone up and let it begin with ourselves. You. We must start from the inside out to cultivate compassion. For only when we become compassionate with ourselves, can we can then become more compassionate with others.

Cultivating compassion for ourselves takes practice. To begin, take the Self-Compassion Quiz created by Kristen Neff

Next, find a quiet space and for two minutes, take a self-compassionate break

Let World Mental Health Day serve as a day to start the inner work we need to do on ourselves so we can then reach out and help others more effectively. Our self-compassion can radiate to others. Be the change. It's what the world needs and it's what we need as human beings.

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Leslie Lancaster

The author is a health coach

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