Elizabeth Cush on Self-Compassion

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How To Be Your Own Best Friend

Self-compassion can be a powerful tool for healing. Elizabeth Cush, host of Woman Worriers, talks about how to practice being your own best friend. She also shares a self-compassion meditation and her Ignite Annapolis presentation.

I advocate for more self-compassion and less self-criticism because it can change our relationship with ourself and others.
— Elizabeth Cush

Show Notes:

How do you react when you make a mistake? Do you beat yourself up? Do say things to yourself that you would never say to a friend? If so, you’re not alone. It’s not unusual to be harder on ourselves than we are on others—and that can feed anxiety and depression. The solution is self compassion, says Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, a licensed professional therapist and founder of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, she shares her personal experience and insights into how mindfulness and self-compassion can help us heal and develop new relationships with ourselves and others. She also shares a special meditation to help you get started.

Listen and learn:

  • How it’s possible to get comfortable in our own skin—even when we’re doing something that makes us feel anxious

  • What self-compassion is and what it isn’t

  • The difference between self-compassion and self-esteem

  • Why self-compassion is so important

  • The unexpected benefits of self-compassion

  • Why practicing self-compassion is so hard for so many of us

  • Why self-criticism has such a negative impact

  • The three main elements of a self-compassion practice

  • What to do when we don’t believe the self-compassionate voice

  • Two different kinds of self-compassion

  • How to do an “Affectionate Breathing” self-compassion meditation


Learn More

>Ignite Annapolis

> Dr. Kristin Neff’s Self-Compassion website

> Chris Germer’s Mindful Self-Compassion website

> Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website

> The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff

> Progression Counseling


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