What is it that you need to feel healthy and whole? Identifying these factors is a critical step in determining the most effective coping skills for yourself. For instance, some people feel better if they’ve gone on a 30-minute walk, spent two hours studying and texted with at least two friends. For others, it’s more about eating healthfully, having a good cup of morning coffee and getting eight hours of sleep at night. Giving yourself well-deserved self-care is a form of self-compassion. Being good to yourself in body, mind, emotions and spirit is never selfish – it’s smart. One way to make sure you’re practicing self-compassion is to make a Self- Compassion Plan.

To make such a Plan, try identifying 10 key ways you’d like to practice self-compassion on a regular basis.

How many of these have you practiced in the past 24 hours? The past week? The past month? If you’re noticing that there are some things listed that you haven’t practiced in a while, consider how you can incorporate them more effectively into your regular routine. You’re deserving of self-compassion, yet no one can provide it but you.

Find more thoughtful pieces like this within our How to Help Students Gain Effective Coping Skills Training Package: Self-Advocacy, Agency and Resilience.