Many students would benefit from a little more self-kindness and self-compassion. The ways in which you approach studying can add greatly to its inherent challenges and difficulties.
Select the headings below and consider which, if any, apply to you
3 strategies for building self-kindness
Don't focus on what you haven't achieved. Instead, bring your focus to what you are doing now, and to how skilfully you are approaching it.
Don't think in terms of 'right' and 'wrong' ways of studying. Consider whether your attitude and approach to studying is helping you to achieve what you wish for academically, without damaging your mental or physical health, relationships with others or your happiness.
Allow yourself to enjoy the experience - and be active in searching out the fun and interest in what you are studying.
Pause for thought
- How does your approach to study add to pressures you are under?
- How could you be kinder to yourself in the way you think about or approach study?
- Do you ever drive yourself to achieve, to the extent that you lack compassion for what your mind or body really need? If so, how does that lack of self-kindness manifest itself?
Record your observations and reflect upon them. What do they tell you about yourself and your approach to study?