The Benefits Of Self-care And Self-compa... - Panda Health

Panda Content Library

The Benefits Of Self-care And Self-compassion In Managing Anxiety

Archived Forest You are reading the takeaways of an archived Forest session. Join a live Forest any time to participate.

Self-care and self-compassion are vital tools in managing anxiety and promoting mental wellness. This Forest session, titled "The Benefits of Self-Care and Self-Compassion in Managing Anxiety," aims to explore the significance of self-care and self-compassion in improving overall mental health. During the session, we will discuss the importance of engaging in activities that bring joy and reducing self-criticism. Please join us as we explore strategies to help manage anxiety and promote self-care and self-compassion. Our dedicated mental health professional will be on hand to moderate and answer any questions you may have.

What we covered

Anxiety can be a challenging mental health issue to deal with for many people. It's not uncommon to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious when facing life's challenges. Thankfully, there are effective strategies that you can use to manage anxiety and promote mental wellness. In particular, self-care and self-compassion are two essential tools that you can use to reduce anxiety levels and improve overall mental health.

What is self-care?

Self-care is a term that refers to taking actions and making choices that promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Self-care can include a range of activities or practices such as exercise, healthy eating, mindfulness, meditation, reading, or spending time with friends and family. Practicing self-care helps people to reduce stress, improve self-esteem, and increase overall life satisfaction.

The importance of self-care in managing anxiety

When people experience anxiety, it's common to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and fatigued. These feelings can make it challenging to get through the day, to complete work or even to participate in social activities. However, practicing self-care can help manage these feelings of anxiety by promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and improving mood. Regular self-care activities can help people to feel more relaxed, refreshed, and mentally balanced, which can help reduce anxiety levels.

Examples of self-care activities to manage anxiety

There are many self-care activities that can help manage anxiety levels effectively. Here are some examples:

  • Exercise: Exercise can help release endorphins, which are the body's natural "feel-good" chemicals. Exercise also reduces stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which can help reduce anxiety levels.
  • Mindfulness: Mindfulness practices like meditation or breathing exercises help to calm the mind, reduce stress, and promote relaxation.
  • Socializing: Spending time with family and friends can help to boost mood and create a positive environment. Talking to others about the struggles one is facing can provide relief and decreased anxiety levels.
  • Reading: Reading a book is a great way to relax and escape from the stresses of everyday life. It provides an enjoyable distraction and helps to improve mood.
  • Creative activities: Engaging in creative activities like drawing, painting or playing music can be a great way to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

What is self-compassion?

Self-compassion is about treating oneself with the kindness, care, and consideration one would offer a good friend. It's important to understand that self-compassion isn't about being self-indulgent or self-pitying. Instead, it's about acknowledging the difficulties that life can present, accepting oneself as human, and cultivating a sense of kindness and love towards oneself.

The importance of self-compassion in managing anxiety

Feeling anxious and overwhelmed can often give rise to self-critical thoughts and negative self-talk. People who experience this are often their worst critics and are constantly self-judging themselves. These thoughts and judgments can be harmful and increase anxiety levels. Self-compassion provides an alternative way to think about negative thoughts and emotions, promoting self-acceptance and self-love.

Strategies to practice self-compassion

Practicing self-compassion requires daily efforts and intentional mindset changes. Here are some strategies that can help promote self-compassion:

  • Be kind to oneself: Speak kindly to yourself and engage in positive self-talk. Treat oneself like a friend and avoid being too harsh with oneself.
  • Acknowledge and accept difficult feelings: Instead of judging oneself about negative emotions or feelings, accept them without judgment or criticism.
  • Cultivate an attitude of mindfulness: Mindfulness practices help create awareness of the present moment and help to reduce feelings of overwhelm and anxiety.
  • Lean on a support system: Maintaining strong relationships with family and friends can help foster self-confidence and self-compassion. It is beneficial to have people that can provide support in difficult times and lend a listening ear.

How Panda can help promote self-care and self-compassion

At Panda, we provide employees with tools to help promote self-care and self-compassion. Our sessions are geared towards understanding mental health and providing resources for employees to manage anxiety and promote self-care. Some of the ways we help include:

  • Digital group sessions: We offer a range of group sessions led by mental health professionals designed to help employees manage anxiety and promote self-care.
  • Assessments: Our assessments help employees understand their level of anxiety and provide resources on how to manage it effectively.
  • Content: Through our digital platform, we provide employees with resources, tips and practices for promoting self-care and self-compassion.


Anxiety can be a significant challenge to deal with, but it's not something that you have to face alone. Self-care and self-compassion are two powerful tools that can help manage anxiety levels and promote mental wellness. By engaging in self-care activities and cultivating self-compassion, you can create a positive and healthy environment that promotes relaxation, balance, and peace of mind. Remember, with the right tools, support, and mindset, it's possible to lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

Head over to the Live Forest now or browse more Archived Forest content in the library.

Related reading...

Self-care Techniques For Busy Schedules

Join This Session To Learn How To Incorporate Quick And Easy Self-care Techniques Into Your Busy Workday. During The Session, We Will Discuss The Importance Of Taking Breaks And Prioritizing Self-care To Prevent Burnout. We Will Cover Topics Such As Stretching, Deep Breathing, And Taking Short Br...

Mindfulness And Self-care Techniques For Managing Depression

Are You Looking For Ways To Manage Symptoms Of Depression And Improve Your Mental Well-being? Join Us For This Forest Session, Where We Will Explore Mindfulness And Self-care Techniques That Can Help You To Better Manage The Effects Of Depression And Foster A Healthier Mental State. Learn Strateg...

The Power Of Self-care: How To Recharge And Stay Focused

In This Forest Session, We Will Explore The Power Of Self-care And How It Can Help Us Stay Focused, Productive, And Mentally Healthy. We Will Discuss Specific Techniques For Implementing Self-care Into Our Daily Lives, Such As Physical Activity, Mindfulness, And Establishing Healthy Habits. Parti...

Looking for more?
Download Panda for Free.

Disclaimer: The creation of this content was assisted by an artificial intelligence (AI) technology powered by the Panda Companion. While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy and reliability, we cannot guarantee that it’s error-free or suitable for your intended use. The information provided is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. We recommend that you consult with a qualified professional for guidance specific to your individual circumstances. We do not accept any liability for any loss or damage that may arise from reliance on the information provided in this content.