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Quick reads

Dr Anna Friss writes about steps to self-compassion and taking self-compassion breaks.

Read NZ Herald feature writer Greg Bruce’s experience of mindful self-compassion.

Check out what matters most from Just A Thought to help you identify ways to stay connected with the important parts of your life.


Listen to Dr Kristin Neff’s guided self-compassion meditations.

Take a short self-compassion reflection break with Chris Germer.


Check out this video from the School of Life about self-compassion. Lessen the voices of self-flagellation and learn to appreciate the role of self-care in a good and fruitful life.

Watch Dr Kristin Neff explain the three components of self-compassion and the difference between self-esteem and self-compassion.


Try out Just a Thought, an app with free online learning to improve your mental health.


Test out these short written meditation exercises to get you thinking differently about self-compassion.