Positive Psychology and the Practice of Self-Compassion

February 12, 2016
Positive psychology is an area of study that focuses on the strengths people already have in order to help them cultivate lives that are meaningful, and ultimately lead to fulfillment.  At Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health, we help our clients to recognize the positive aspects of their lives through the use of positive psychology.  A part of the helping process is getting clients to identify their strengths and view themselves more fully.  Clients must have compassion for themselves, which means they must be able to acknowledge what is hurting in their lives, have the desire to alleviate their pain, and take steps to do so. Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health Baton Rouge

Practicing Self-Compassion With the Help of Group Therapy in Baton Rouge

Self-compassion is an important tool. With self-compassion, a client can have awareness of their sadness and the reason for it, and then take action to change their situation.  One way to practice self-compassion is recognizing the common humanity you have that connects you with every other person around you.  An important benefit of group therapy in Baton Rouge is the opportunity to experience common ground with others who may be experiencing similar feelings or share a similar background.  Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health provides mental health outpatient services in Baton Rouge, including many support groups.

Practicing Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness increases a greater sense of self- awareness and involves accepting the self in the here and now without judgment. Often, thoughts and emotions can be overwhelming. The practice of self-compassion, coupled with mindfulness, facilitates the ability to slow down, breathe and observe what is happening in our bodies without acting on thoughts and feelings.  Remaining in the present and not focusing on the past or future often reduces anxiety and can increase an overall sense of wellness. Fleeting thoughts and feelings do not define us or dictate who we are. This is a key concept that we assist our clients with as they progress through treatment.  Group therapy in Baton Rouge is an effective tool that can help clients as they are learning to employ positive psychology in their own lives through practicing mindfulness.

Valentine’s Day

On February 14th, we celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Though it can be a holiday where many people celebrate love, it can also be a holiday that leaves people who are not in relationships feeling isolated or alone.  Defining our worth by our ability to be in a relationship is a risky venture and can lead to feelings of self-doubt if the relationship ends or is not fulfilling.  Valentine’s Day, with its message of romantic love, can reinforce this negative message because it places so much value on being in a romantic relationship. hearts-roses

Other Important Relationships

At Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health, we believe that clients learn to focus on something other than perceived deficits such as not having a romantic partner on Valentine’s Day.  Instead, we ask that they take inventory of their strengths, and the other relationships they have in their lives that are loving and important.  One of the benefits of group therapy in Baton Rouge is that clients gain access to a community of like-minded individuals who offer support and encouragement.  Assisting clients in cultivating and focusing on existing relationships helps to develop a strengths-based perspective which leads to feelings of self-worth and gratitude.  Increasing your ability to recognize other important relationships underscores the practice of maintaining and nurturing the existing connections in your life. This Valentine’s Day, be mindful of the gifts you bring to the relationships in your life and give yourself the gifts of love and self-compassion. As a Baton Rouge behavioral hospital, Jefferson Oaks offers a complete range of services for mental health and wellness in Louisiana. “Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”  -Brene Brown        Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health