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Learning to be compassionate is a large part of going through your recovery journey. Like everything in life, learning to be compassionate takes time and practice. Changing the way we think and feel can be a big task. Here is some basic information to help you get started on your journey to becoming more compassionate. 

Have Empathy for Others

Some people will not understand your journey, what you are feeling, or what you have gone through. Some people will not validate your progress, or care how you are doing. Learning to have empathy is a huge thing, especially for people like that. Empathy can be thought of as the ability to understand and share the feelings of other people. You do not need to agree with a person to understand where they are coming from, why they think or feel the way they do or act a certain way. Learn to empathize with others. Learn to try to understand people who think and feel differently from you. This will help you grow as a person and add to your recovery journey. 

Have Compassion for Yourself

Learning self-compassion can be one of the hardest challenges that some of us face. We find it so easy to have empathy for others, to understand and acknowledge other people and what they are going through. However, we struggle when we try to do that for ourselves. Everyone goes through struggles, makes bad decisions, and regrets certain things. These negative feelings can really hinder our recovery. This can make it hard to move past trauma if we constantly relive it, or think we are not worthy of moving past it. Having self-compassion can really help us to think positive thoughts, find inner calm, and work on acknowledging our true feelings. 


Working on compassion can be a challenging thing. It can take time and energy to work on both having empathy for others and self-compassion for yourself. Working with a professional can help you to strengthen your skills needed to successfully work through challenges you may be facing. Finding your self-compassion can help you work towards thinking positive and fully realizing how great you are doing. Here at The Guest House, we have amazing professionals ready to help you through your journey. We have many different treatment options and would love to help you find the right one for you. Call us today at (855) 483-7800.