Compassion: Shifting The Balance From Bad to Good Stress

Although this is still a hypothesis that I look forward to testing with my colleagues at CCARE, I suggest here that practicing compassion could be a major path to reducing or eliminating chronic stress. Self-compassion practiced wisely could help reduce your own chronic stress, while compassion toward others could reduce chronic stress for the compassion-giver as well as the compassion-receiver.


Part of self-compassion could involve making time for yourself to engage in activities that reduce chronic stress. Such activities could include, meditation, yoga, dance, music, reading, drawing, painting, gardening, walking, consistent moderate exercise, hiking, hanging out with friends, etc.