Compassion is known as the ability to show empathy, love, acceptance and understanding, and showing those qualities to oneself, is known as self- compassion. In general, self-compassion is defined as the ability to understand oneself and accept themselves.  

This ability to be loving to oneself has an immense impact on how a person perceives the world and their place in it. This is a very important milestone, especially for teenagers. The teen years is no easy phase since children are now discovering their identities and finding a footing in society. 

During this phase, teens tend to internalise a lot of faults and factors that are beyond their control. This harmful internalisation results in intense negative emotions, and hence alters a teen's perspective of how the world is, and how it ought to be. 

The ability to accept oneself is not easy, as this includes a lot of unconditional self-love. This is something that also plays into self-esteem for teenagers, as it helps bolster confidence and self-worth, improves mental health, and overall benefits their everyday lives. 

One way teens pick up on self-compassion is via interaction with their surroundings. Be it with their immediate family and friends, or through reading books or following their favourite personas. The overall aim of accomplishing self-compassion is to provide teens with the support of being okay with what they are facing, be it a personal problem or facing some issue from their society. 

At Cedarwood, our afterschool activities and courses go beyond just academic syllabus. Courses such as English Alive allows children to gauge the world through a different lens, allowing them to be open to different opinions and perceptions. We also have courses such as Globe Trotters, which inculcates an affinity of being a global citizen from an early age, allowing children to be kind, mindful and self-compassionate!