Put your own oxygen mask on first : self compassion

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We are all aware of the safety brief on a plane and understand the importance of putting our own oxygen mask on first before helping others. This metaphor applies to our own lives and recognises in adversity we can be our own best friend. In this webinar we will:

  • Explore self-compassion: Facts and myths
  • Physiology of self-compassion: Preventing amygdala hijack
  • Modelling self-compassionate leadership: Being Human

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others”

Chris Germer (http://chrisgermer.com)

In order to care for others, whether it be at home or at work, we need to care for ourselves. Experiencing adversity, suffering or trauma takes its toll so be kind to yourself – Kristin Neff (http://www.self-compassion.org) suggests we should treat ourselves like a good friend: gently with acceptance, compassion and kindness.

This webinar will explore self-compassion including the myths and evidence base. We will consider how to be more mindful of emotional overwhelm, the physiology related to fear and compassion and practical ways to meet ourselves with kindness. And all of this is peppered with bite size practical tools that can be used and modelled at work and at home.

By the end of the webinar

You will be more aware of the three elements of self-compassion:  common humanity, self-kindness and being present. You will have the opportunity to experience a small range of self-compassion practice including a short meditation and taster activities which you can take away to support your well-being.

Who is this intended for?

This webinar is relevant for us all and with the effect of the pandemic, it is even more important to ensure we care for ourselves. As leaders you will be able to model, share and practice self-compassion.

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Dr Dorothy Armstrong

Dr Dorothy Armstrong is currently Lead Professional Advisor to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and Director of DA Professional. Her passion is to ensure people are at the heart of their healthcare experience, in an environment where those both giving and receiving care are valued and appreciated. Founded in 2012, DA Professional, supports individuals, teams and organisations to enhance communication, leadership and well-being in an environment where kindness and compassion are valued. In 2010, Dorothy was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh for services to nursing.